Who are we?
We’re a collection of scientists at Ohio University using 21st century approaches to “flesh out” the past. Our mission is to use the structure of extinct and modern-day animals to interpret evolutionary history…and to share that history with the broader community.
What do we do?
We ultimately want to know how animals work. If those animals happen to be extinct, like, say, T. rex, then we need to do some serious detective work to extract every clue we can from those dusty old fossil bones. We use some pretty ol’ skool, low-tech techniques like dissection of the modern-day relatives of the extinct guys, but we also use the latest in high-tech imaging and 3D visualization to digitally reanimate those old bones with the soft tissues that time has stripped away.
Why blog about it?
We do some pretty hardcore science that’s published in articles in technical journals…lots of jargon and slavish adherence to the norms of professional scientific discourse. But we also recognize the power of the past…of paleontology…of dinosaurs!…to ignite interest in science among people of all walks of life and of all ages. And so we try to reach out beyond the dry pages of those technical articles to engage not only the public but other scholars with our science. And that’s what this blog is all about: reaching out to everyone…to professionals, amateurs, enthusiasts, kids…anyone who might care.
So, stay tuned for what’s to come. We won’t be blogging all the time, so you might want to become a fan of the WitmerLab Facebook page where we’ll alert folks to new posts.
– Larry Witmer