Deparment of Earth and Planetary Sciences News

In the News: Sumrall Study on 320-Million-Year-Old Animal’s Digestive System

Colin Sumrall co-authored a study about the revelation of a digestive system in a 320-million-year-old animal, which sheds light on the early evolutionary history of starfish and related animals. Several online publications featured the news including Phys.Org and North Carolina-based High Country Press.

Postdoctoral Student Featured in International Business Times Story about Pluto, Charon

The International Business Times featured Noemi Pinilla-Alonso, a UT postdoctoral student, in this story about NASA’s flyby of Pluto on July 14. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will gather data to help scientists better understand the dwarf planet. Pinilla-Alonso will be the lead investigator of a new seven-day series of observations beginning July 23.

ABC News: Mars Rock Might Reveal Clues to Planet’s Ancient History

Harry McSween, Chancellor’s Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, talked to ABC News about a meteorite estimated to be 4.4 billion years old that may hold some of the clues to Mars’ early history. “Most meteorites from Mars that have been officially recognized are relatively young, formed within the last quarter of

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WATE-TV: UT professor helps uncover large amounts of water on Mars

A new study released this week reveals NASA’s Curiosity Rover has helped find evidence of water in the soil. One of the scientists who took part in the study is Linda Kah, associate professor of geology. WATE-TV’s Josh Ault spoke with Kah.