Dances with Wolf Avatars (the play)
A performance in celebration of the retirement of Dr. Christine Janis, based loosely on the paper of the same name that she co-authored with Patricia Wilhelm. They argued that the pursuit predation practiced by wolves and other canids today is an evolutionarily recent strategy that long post-dated the evolution of unguligrade locomtion in ungulate prey species. In this play, any resemblance to actual processes, species, or persons, living or extinct, micro- or macro-, evolutionary or ecological, is entirely coincidental.
Biogeographic history of the red wolf
This video presents a series of maps showing reconstructions of the geographic ranges of the Red wolf (Canis rufus) and Coyote (Canis latrans) from the 18th century to present. The maps and video were created as part of a US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report that recommended a research strategy for determining this historical status of the Red wolf as a species.
Paleontology and U.S. National Monuments
As part of the speaker series at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Alberta, David discusses the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, the amazing discoveries that have been made there, the importance of U.S. public lands to science, and the politics that led to their downsizing and eventual restoration.
Hindlimb extension in the dog
Animation of hindlimb extension in the dog (Canis familiaris). Created in Blender from a CT scan segmented in Slicer from data available through Embodi3d. (music by Arthur Foote, performed by Arden Trio.)
Introduction to mammals (Taxa in 10)
This short lecture presents an overview of mammal diversity and fossil record. It was created for (but not used in) the IU class EAS-E 412 Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontology.
An extinct Bermudian land snail
The extinct Bermudian snail Poecilozonites nelsoni conoides rendered from a CT scan of Yale Peabody Museum specimen IP 107201 (music composed by Strauss).
On Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and US National Monuments
David discusses paleontology, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the implications for science of the cuts made in 2017 to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in Utah.
Skull and braincase of the extinct carnivore Viverravus acutus
Slice through video of the based of the skull and braincase of the ancient carnivore Viverravus acutus (ca. 53 million years ago). This video was published as part of a paper showing for the first time that the viverravids had a bony covering on their ear. From Polly, P. D., G. D. Wesley-Hunt, R. E. Heinrich, G. Davis, and P. Houde. 2006. Earliest known carnivoran auditory bulla and support for a recent origin of crown-group Carnivora (Eutheria, Mammalia). Palaeontology, 49: 1019-1027. The original specimen was collected by Holly Smith and is housed at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.
Ear region of the extinct carnivore Viverravus
Slice through video of the auditory bulla and ear region of the ancient carnivore Viverravus acutus (ca. 53 million years ago). This video was published as part of a paper showing for the first time that the viverravids had a bony covering on their ear. From Polly, P. D., G. D. Wesley-Hunt, R. E. Heinrich, G. Davis, and P. Houde. 2006. Earliest known carnivoran auditory bulla and support for a recent origin of crown-group Carnivora (Eutheria, Mammalia). Palaeontology, 49: 1019-1027. The original specimen was collected by Peter Houde and is housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Brownian motion in a hexagonal world
A Brownian motion random walk on a hexagonal grid. Created as part of code development for the research presented in Polly, P. D. 2020. Functional tradeoffs carry phenotypes across the valley of the shadow of death. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 60:1268-1282.
Phenotypic differentiation by Brownian motion caused by small population founder effect and "surfing" in species with cyclically expanding and contracting ranges. This is a full-color animation with soundtrack by Verdi of data presented in Polly, P. D. 2019. Spatial processes and evolutionary models: a critical review. Palaeontology, 62: 175-195.
This video explains cardiology for the post graduate. Sort of....