Paleontology

Dr. Kraig Derstler

Paleontological research at UNO includes the following topics:

  • Dinosaurs of the Lance, Hell Creek, and Judith River Formations of the western USA, especially focusing on skin preservation
  • Sea turtle phylogeny
  • Phylogeny and predator defenses in modern xenophorid snails
  • Modern cycads
  • Early Paleozoic echinoderm phylogeny
  • Taphonomy and preservation of the Hunsruckschiefer and Yixian
  • Politics and psychology of collectors' mentality
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