Welcome to my site. I am a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in the geology and animals that lived near and across one of the most tumultuous times in Earth History; the end-Cretaceous Mass extinction. My research focuses on the record preserved in the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, which preserves one of the most complete records of this interval of time.
Tom’s Paleo Blog
Many of the mammals that occur in Paleogene faunas are archaic, meaning they do not have living descendants. For many of these groups, the relationship to extant mammals is not understood. One of the major groups of early Paleocene archaic mammals are the pantodonts. Pantodonts are of special interest because they are geographically widespread; theyContinue reading “The Pantodont Pantolambda”
One of the most important dinosaur sites in New Mexico that was excavated by teams led by Jim Kirkland and Doug Wolfe, is located in deposits dating to near the end of the Early Cretaceous epoch from the Zuni basin, near the border between New Mexico and Arizona. The Zuni basin contains deposits, called theContinue reading “Dinosaurs of the Zuni Basin, New Mexico”
After flying to Mount Isa in northwestern Queensland, we embarked on a long drive to World Heritage Riversleigh Fossil Area. It was a long drive and made me appreciate just how big Australia really is. Many of the roads are rugged and narrow. We finally reached the Gregory River, which apparently is much lower thanContinue reading “A Visit to the Land Down Under, Pt. 3”
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