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Vertebrate Paleontology

Despite Triceratops’ celebrity, little is known about how it goes from a hatchling the size of a bulldog to a three-horned behemoth bigger than a rhinoceros. Learn about the Burke’s expedition to Hell Creek and their remarkable discovery of a baby Triceratops frill. What does this fossil teach us about the developing Triceratops?

Dig into the excavations of Burke curator Christian Sidor and his team, as they discover fossils of early carnivorous dinosaurs, armored reptiles and a new species of shuvosaurid that has never been uncovered.

A photograph of a partial gorgonopsid lower jaw, but not the specimen in which the odontoma was discovered.

When paleontologists cut into the fossilized jaw of a distant mammal relative, they got more than they bargained for—more teeth, to be specific.

A rendering of the early marsupial relative, Didelphodon vorax.

A new study describes an early mammal that had, pound-for-pound, the strongest bite force of any mammal ever recorded.

Lower jaw of the T. rex

The Burke paleontology team is preparing a portion of the lower right jaw from the 66.3-million-year-old T. rex discovered this summer.

Tiny microfossil teeth

Studying microfossil teeth of the Sagebrush Vole from Washington state to understand a pattern of evolution.

Researcher collecting fossils in Antarctica

Burke paleontologists travel to Antarctica to collect 250-million-year-old fossils from the Triassic period.

A local 10-year-old discovered a fossilized mammoth tooth while walking along the beach on Whidbey Island.

Paleontologists prepare the plaster field jacket on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists discovered a T. rex in Montana, including a very complete skull.

Carlos Mauricio Peredo studying the 27-million-year-old-fossil whale in our Life & Times exhibit

The 27-million-year-old fossil whale on display in our Life & Times exhibit is officially a new species! 

Student scanning a mammoth skull.

The Burke Museum and College of Engineering are collaborating to scan and 3-D print a large-scale mammoth.

An extinct animal often cited as a ‘missing link’ between modern seals and their four-limbed, land-dwelling ancestors.

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