Peer-reviewed publications from the Pyenson Lab, and links to media coverage.
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For publications prior to Smithsonian appointment, email NDP; ‡ indicates student author; * indicates book review.
2015 and in press
Pyenson, N. D., J. F. Parham, and J. Velez-Juarbe. In press. The dilemma of trade samples and the importance of museum vouchers: caveats from a study on the extinction of Steller’s sea cow. Biology Letters.
Yamato, M., K. Khidas, N. D. Pyenson, R. E. Fordyce, J. G. Mead. In press. Extensively remodeled, fractured cetacean tympanic bullae show that whales can survive traumatic injury to the ears. Journal of Anatomy.
Pyenson, N. D., J. Velez-Juarbe, C. S. Gutstein, H. Little, D. Vigil, and A. O'Dea. 2015. Isthminia panamensis, a new fossil inioid (Mammalia, Cetacea) from the Chagres Formation of Panama and the evolution of ‘river dolphins’ in the Americas. PeerJ 3:e1227. [PDF] [Washington Post, Express & video] [Smithsonian Magazine] [ABC News video] [Science/AAAS] [Smithsonian Science] [International Business Times] [Yahoo News UK] [cienciaxplora] [UPI] [Christian Science Monitor] [NBC News]
Goldbogen, J. A., R. E. Shadwick, M. A. Lillie, M. A. Piscitelli, J. Potvin, N. D. Pyenson, and A. W. Vogl. 2015. Using morphology to infer physiology: case studies on rorqual whales (Balaenopteridae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 93: 687–700. [PDF on NRC Press]
Ávila, S. P., R. Cordeiro, A. R. Rodrigues, A. C. Rebelo, C. Melo. P. Madeira, and N. D. Pyenson. 2015. Fossil Mysticeti from the Pleistocene of Santa Maria Island, Azores (Northeast Atlantic Ocean), and the prevalence of fossil cetaceans on oceanic islands. Palaeontologia Electronica 18.2.27A: 1-12. [PDF]
Vogl, A. W., M. A. Lillie, ‡M. A. Piscatelli, J. A. Goldbogen, N. D. Pyenson, and R. E. Shadwick. 2015. Stretchy nerves: essential component of an extreme feeding mechanism in rorqual whales. Current Biology 25(9): pR360–R361. [PDF at Cell Press] [Washington Post] [BBC] [TIME] [National Geographic Phenomena] [Science/AAAS News] [io9] [The Guardian] [ABCNews] [CBC] [The Globe & Mail] [ScienceNews] [GlobalNews Canada] [CTV] [New Scientist] [Daily Mail] [Yahoo News & Mashable both via Live Science] [CBC Quirks & Quarks]
‡Valenzuela-Toro, A. M., C. S. Gutstein, M. E. Suárez, R. Otero, and N. D. Pyenson. 2015. Elephant seal (Mirounga sp.) from the Pleistocene of the Antofagasta Region, northern Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 10.1080/02724634.2014.918883. [PDF at Taylor & Francis]
Kelley, N. P., and N. D. Pyenson. 2015. Evolutionary innovation and ecology in marine tetrapods from the Triassic to the Anthropocene. Science 348 (6232): 301. aaa3716. [PDF at Science] [SI Newsdesk] [Smithsonian magazine] [Der Spiegel]
Yamato, M., and N. D. Pyenson. 2015. Early development and orientation of acoustic funnel provides insight into the evolution of the sound reception pathway in cetaceans. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0118582. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118582 [PDF at PLOS] [SI Newsdesk] [Smithsonian magazine] [National Geographic News] [Huffington Post] [ScienceDaily] [SI Ocean Portal] [National Geographic Phenomena] [BBC News & USTV & Radio] [National Geographic Sverige]
Gutstein, C. S., M. A. Cozzuol, N. D. Pyenson. 2014. The antiquity of riverine adaptations in Iniidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti) documented by a humerus from the late Miocene of the Ituzaingó Formation, Argentina. The Anatomical Record 297 (6): 1096–1102. [PDF at Wiley]
Pyenson, N. D., C. S. Gutstein, J. F. Parham, J. P. Le Roux, ‡C. C. Chavarría, H. Little, A. Metallo, V. Rossi, ‡A. M. Valenzuela-Toro, J. Velez-Juarbe, C. M. Santelli, D. Rubilar Rogers, M. A. Cozzuol, M. E. Suárez. 2014. Repeated mass strandings of Miocene marine mammals from Atacama Region of Chile point to sudden death at sea. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281 20133316. [Open-access PDF] [3D data, video: cerroballena.si.edu]
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Pyenson, N. D., N. P. Kelley, J. F. Parham. 2014. Marine tetrapod macroevolution: physical and biological drivers on 250 million years of invasions and evolution in ocean ecosystems. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 400: 1–8. [PDF at ScienceDirect].
This article is the first in a special issue of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology that includes seven original papers about physical drivers in the evolution of marine tetrapods, edited by N. D. Pyenson, N. P. Kelley and J. F. Parham. [PDFs at ScienceDirect]
Gutstein, C. S., ‡C. P. Figueroa-Bravo, N. D. Pyenson, ‡R. E. Yury-Yañez, M. A. Cozzuol, M. Canals. 2014. High frequency echolocation, ear morphology, and the marine-freshwater transition: a comparison of extant and extinct toothed whales. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 400: 62–74. [PDF at ScienceDirect]
Noakes, S. E., N. D. Pyenson, G. McFall. 2013. Late Pleistocene gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) offshore Georgia, U.S.A., and the antiquity of gray whale migration in the North Atlantic Ocean. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 392: 502–509. [PDF at SI Dspace]
Shadwick, R. E., J. A. Goldbogen, J. Potvin, N. D. Pyenson, A. W. Vogl. W. 2013. Novel muscle and connective tissue design enables hyper-extensibility and controls engulfment volume in lunge-feeding rorqual whales. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2691-2701. [PDF at SI Dspace]
*Pyenson, N. D. 2013. Review of "Ecology and Conservation of the Sirenia: Dugongs and Manatees by Helene Marsh, Thomas J. O'Shea, and John E. Reynolds III." The Quarterly Review of Biology 88 (1): 42-43. [PDF at SI Dspace]
Pyenson, N. D., J. A. Goldbogen, and R. E. Shadwick. 2013. Mandible allometry in extant and fossil Balaenopteridae (Cetacea: Mammalia): the largest vertebrate skeletal element and its role in rorqual lunge-feeding. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 108 (3): 586-599. [PDF at SI Dspace]
‡Valenzuela-Toro, A. M., ‡C. S. Gutstein, ‡R. M. Varas-Malca, M. E. Suárez, and N. D. Pyenson. 2013. Pinniped turnover in the South Pacific Ocean: New evidence from the Plio-Pleistocene of the Atacama Desert, Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(1): 216-223. [PDF at SI Dspace]
‡Debey, L. B., and N. D. Pyenson. 2013. Osteological correlates and phylogenetic analysis of deep diving in living and extinct pinnipeds: what good are big eyes? Marine Mammal Science 29(1):48-83. [PDF at SI Dspace]
Pyenson, N. D., J. A. Goldbogen, A. W. Vogl, G. Szathmary, R. L. Drake and R. E. Shadwick. 2012. Discovery of a sensory organ that coordinates lunge-feeding in rorqual whales. Nature 485: 498-501. [Cover article] [PDF at SI Dspace] [PDF at Nature] [PDF of Editorial in Nature]
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‡Velez-Juarbe, J., and N. D. Pyenson. 2012. Bohaskaia monodontoides, a new monodontid (Cetacea: Odontoceti: Delphinoidea) from the Pliocene of the western North Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(2):476–484. [PDF at SI Dspace]
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‡Velez-Juarbe, J., D. P. Domning, and N. D. Pyenson. 2012. Iterative evolution of sympatric seacow (Dugongidae, Sirenia) assemblages during the past ~26 million years. PLoS ONE 7(2): e31294. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031294 [PDF at SI Dspace] [PDF at PLOS]
Goldbogen, J. A., J. Calambokidis, D. Croll, M. F. McKenna, E. Oleson, J. Potvin, N. D. Pyenson, G. Schorr, R. E. Shadwick, and B. Tershy. 2012. Scaling of lunge feeding performance in rorqual whales: mass-specific energy expenditure increases with body size and progressively limits diving capacity. Functional Ecology 26(1): 216-226. [PDF at SI Dspace]
McKenna, M. F., T. W. Cranford, A. Berta, and N. D. Pyenson. 2012. Morphological diversity of the odontocete melon: implications for acoustic function. Marine Mammal Science. 28(4): 690-713. [PDF at Wiley Online]
Pyenson, N. D. 2011. The high fidelity of the cetacean stranding record: insights into measuring diversity by integrating taphonomy and macroecology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 278: 3608–3616 [Cover article] [PDF on SI Dspace]
Pyenson, N. D. and S. N. Sponberg. 2011. Reconstructing body size in extinct crown Cetacea (Neoceti) using allometry, phylogenetic methods and tests from the fossil record. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 18(4): 269–288. [PDF at SI Dspace]
Uhen, M. D., N. D. Pyenson, T. DeVries, M. Urbina-Schmitt, and P. R. Renne. 2011. New Middle Eocene whales from the Pisco Basin of Peru. Journal of Paleontology 85(5): 955–969. [PDF on SI Dspace][SI Ocean Portal]
Pyenson, N. D., and D. R. Lindberg. 2011. What happened to gray whales during the Pleistocene? The ecological impact of sea-level change on benthic feeding areas in the North Pacific Ocean. PLoS ONE 6(7): e21295. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021295. [PDF on SI Dspace] [PDF at PLOS]
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Goldbogen, J. A., J. Calambokidis, J. A. Hildebrand, E. Oleson, J. Potvin, N. D. Pyenson, G. Schorr, and R. E. Shadwick. 2011. Mechanics, hydrodynamics and energetics of blue whale lunge feeding: efficiency dependence on krill density. Journal of Experimental Biology 214:131-146. [PDF on SI Dspace] [Inside JEB]
Pyenson, N. D., R. B. Irmis, and J. H. Lipps. 2010. Comment on "Climate, Critters, and Cetaceans: Cenozoic Drivers of the Evolution of Modern Whales." Science 330: 178-a. [PDF on SI Dspace]
Parham, J. F., and N. D. Pyenson. 2010. New sea turtle from the Miocene of Peru and the iterative evolution of feeding ecomorphologies since the Cretaceous. Journal of Paleontology 84(2): 231-247. [PDF on SI Dspace]
Pyenson, N. D., R. B. Irmis, L. G. Barnes, E. D. Mitchell, Jr., S. A. McLeod, and J. H. Lipps. 2009. The origin of a widespread marine bonebed deposited during the Middle Miocene Climatic Optimum. Geology 37(6): 519-522. [Cover article] [PDF through GSA]
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Pyenson, N. D. 2009. Requiem for Lipotes: An evolutionary perspective on marine mammal extinction. Marine Mammal Science 25(3): 714–724.