Oct 5 - 7, 2018

Presenter Biography

Thomas L. Adams, Ph.D.

Curator of Paleontology and Geology Dr. Adams received Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and in zoology/physiology from the University of Wyoming and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in geology from the Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has conducted research in Mongolia, Alaska, Texas, and Wyoming and has been involved with additional expeditions in Colorado and Utah. His current research is focused on crocodyliform evolution and biodiversity in Texas, vertebrate paleoichnology, 3D digital modeling and reconstruction of fossils, and paleobiogeography of Mesozoic ecosystems.

"Following in their footprints: How dinosaur tracks tell a story of the past"
From Texas, Alaska, and Mongolia, Dr. Thomas Adams travels through the lost world of prehistoric trace fossils to discover the clues as to dinosaur behavior, ecology, and ancient environments. Organisms (animals and plants) leave traces that preserve their behavior, as well as information about the environment in which they lived. These traces can be in the form of tracks, trails, burrows, feces (or coprolite), and borings. Sometimes the only evidence of an ancient organism or even an entire ecosystem is preserved as trace fossils.

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