I was happy as a clam when I saw bit on the BBC website about fossil finds in Wyoming that detail the early explosion of mammal species after the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs. Further poking around the t00bz uncovered an interview on Chicago Tonight with Dr Lance Grande of the Field Museum, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois. In the course of the interview, Dr Grande displays some gorgeously preserved fossils:
I am especially intrigued by the bird fossils which show the early evolution of parrots and the hummingbird/swift divergence. Also fascinating to me are the fossils of long-tailed, day flying bats and a carnivore with the earliest appearance of a prehensile tail.
Dr Grande's book, The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time, looks gorgeous. Hopefully, he'll be conducting a book tour that will bring him the NYC in the near future... I know some people who'd want to have a word with him.