Starting Summer off Right…with My First-Ever Research Talk!

A bounty of shark teeth found on the fossil pile...I was ever in search of chompers from Megalodon

Back at the end of May, I started off my summer with a road trip to Aurora, NC for the 11th annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP) and 25th Anniversary Aurora Fossil Festival. SeAVP is a smaller regional conference, and it was a great place to give my first research talk. […]

The Dimetrodon Dilemma

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Dimetrodon was the apex terrestrial predator of the early to middle Permian. This genus is a “pelycosaur”-grade synapsid, and a member of Sphenacodontidae the most derived family of basal synapsids. This “sail”-backed ancestor of mammals is conventionally depicted with sprawling posture, but this may be incorrect. Its trackways lack belly-dragging marks and its spine exhibits […]

Time to do Science

A very intriguing pile of shells..

After having a blast out on the boat, it was time to get down to business in the lab. Whenever I told people what I was doing, they would ask “Isn’t there a machine for that?” Sadly there’s not.. In turn I resorted to calling my work “Determination of Proportional Biocarbonate Production by Taxa by […]