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Vertebrate Paleontology
Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Christian Sidor posing in front of the camera at Antarctica

Christian Sidor is returning to Antarctica to explore the Shackleton Glacier area, one of the first places where vertebrates were found in abundance. 

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie is looking at prehistoric reptiles fossils.

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie looks at the effects of climate change on prehistoric reptiles.

The Burke’s Paleontology team ventured to the Petrified Forest and found specimens that can answer questions about the Late Triassic period.

The Burke’s Paleontology team ventured to the Petrified Forest and found specimens that can answer questions about the Late Triassic period.  

The T. rex skull in progress in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3 workroom

The T. rex skull jacket is open, with the skull and the teeth almost fully revealed. 

We're reconstructing a full-scale Columbian mammoth using a combination of real and 3D-printed fossils from the collection.

Visiting researcher Carlos Peredo returns to study early baleen whale fossils. 

The massive T. rex skull jacket presented quite a unique challenge. That's where the "Rex Rack" comes in.

Preparation begins on the “Tufts-Love Rex”, excavation from the field complete.

Fossil preparator Bruce Crowley sits on the ground while excavating a large T. rex rib bone

What else was hiding in those dusty hills? The team headed back out to find more of the T. rex this summer.

Analyzing the limited samples of the oviraptorosaur to answer lingering questions about this species' growth and anatomy.

Read about Susumu Tomiya's use of photos of tiny teeth samples in his research to discover the prehistoric origins of modern-day carnivores.

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