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Vertebrate Paleontology
UW graduate student Chuck Beightol excavates a dinocephalian skeleton in Zambia, 2014.

The Zambian and Tanzanian fossil beds preserved both plants and animals, providing information on paleoclimate before and after extinction.

Thomas Kaye, Burke Museum paleontology research associate, and eight international colleagues have developed a new technique to analyze fossils, which utilizes lasers to stimulate fluorescence in fossils that normally don’t fluoresce under standard UV lighting.

Washington's first dinosaur fossil gives insight into what the west coast was like 80 million years ago.

Burke Museum paleontologists have discovered the first dinosaur fossil from Washington state along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands.

The water-logged tusk was encased in plaster

Seattle is abuzz after construction workers find an unexpected guest from the ice age.

Largest petrified log at the park.

Hunting for fossils isn’t as glamorous as it’s cracked up to be. 

Preparation is a time consuming process.

A labor of love! Burke paleontologists take steps to preserve the South Lake Union mammoth tusk.

Dr. Christian Sidor makes a snow wall to shelter his tent.

Rock exposures are rare in the icy wastes of Antarctica, but they are the only places where finding fossils is possible.


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