Science Communication and Museum Activities

The ANOM Lab actively contributes to science communication and outreach activities to disseminate our research widely. We have published articles in magazines and online, and have had our research featured in podcasts and videos. At science fairs and museum events, we developed numerous public engagement activities to communicate our research on the Cambrian Explosion.

Cantonal Museum of Natural History, Department of Geology:

The ANOM Lab works with the Cantonal Museum of Natural History, Department of Geology, linked with research and teaching activities. The fossil collections located on UNIL campus are a focus of our current and future research projects, particularly associated with Fezouata Biota material. We also run undergraduate and masters teaching sessions in both the museum collections and the public exhibits at the Palais de Rumine.

Teaching in the Palais de Rumine Paleontology exhibits
Masters students in the collections of the Cantonal Museum of Natural History, Department of Geology

Podcasts and Videos:

Hear all about the earliest predators of the Cambrian Explosion from Allison Daley in: Palaeocast Episode 31: Anomalocaridids.

As part of the St. Edmund Hall (Oxford University) Research Expo, Allison Daley presents the surprises our recent research has revealed about the ecology of anomalocaridids in early animal communities: Teddy Talks – Earth’s earliest super predators.

As part of a series of podcasts on “Explosions”, Allison Daley describes what fossils can tell us about the Cambrian Explosion – a period of time 540 million years ago, when there was a vast increase in the different types of animals that existed: ‘Explosions’ part 2 – The origin of animal diversity.

Allison Daley décrit l’écologie des anomalocarides de l’explosion cambrienne dans cette ceconférence, dans le cadre de la Cérémonie d’ouverture des cours pour l’année académique 2017-2018 (en français): Les premiers prédateurs : fossiles extraordinaires de l’explosion cambrienne.

The Emu Bay Shale is an important Cambrian fossil locality with exceptional preservation of soft-bodied fossils, including Anomalocaris, and amazing trilobite moulting assemblages showing detailed behaviour. We love this Palaeocast featuring Prof. John Paterson from the University of New England, an ANOM Lab external collaborator: Episode 36: Emu Bay Shale.

Suite à la publication d’un article de Daley, Antcliffe, Drage & Pates dans PNAS en 2018, Allison a été interviewé au CQFD,Radio Télévision Suisse. Écoutez l’interview en français ici:

Written articles:

Jonathan Antcliffe discusses the fossil record of the earliest stages of animal evolution in Palaeontology[Online] Volume 2 Article 8:  The Cambrian explosion – Paradoxes and possible worlds.

Lukáš Laibl explains the development of trilobites and ecology of tiny trilobite larvae in Palaeontology[Online] Volume 7 Article 10: The development of trilobites.

Lukáš Laibl answers questions related to his research in Fossil Realm Magazine: Q&A with trilobite specialist Dr. Lukáš Laibl.

Harriet Drage explains the importance of arthropod moulting, and describes the fossil record of this process in Palaeontology[Online] Volume 6 Article 7: How and why did the arthropod shed its skin? Moulting in living and fossil arthropods.

Allison Daley describes the fossil record, ecology, and evolutionary significance of Radiodonta in this Current Biology Quick Guide: Anomalocaridids.