Paleontology students present original research at this year’s Celebration of Scholars
Nathan Cochran ’23, a biology major, presented original museum-based research on the growth of the extinct sail-backed predator Dimetrodon, based on a first-hand study of fossils at the Field Museum.
Chloe Harper ’23, a biology and classics double major, presented original collections-based research on 6,000-year-old human skulls from the Vertebra Cave archaeological site in Ukraine, based on a first-hand study of skulls at the University of Wisconsin-OshKosh.
In both projects, the growth series of the species were recovered using a novel quantitative approach called cladistic analysis. Their results are the outcome of a semester-long intensive Independent Study course, and the Celebration of Scholars was the first public venue where the students presented their work.
Nathan and Harper will follow up their posters with a public platform presentation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday May 11, in the Niemann Media Theater.
Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:
Carthage Institute of Paleontology
For more information, contact:
Prof. Thomas Carr: email@example.com