Personal Interests
  • Vertebrate Paleontology (primarily mammals)
  • Collecting modern vertebrate specimens for reference collections
  • Camping, fishing, hiking, and hunting (anything outdoors)
  • Traveling
  • Technical illustrating 

 
      While working on my PhD at the University of Iowa, I spent quite a bit of time looking for fossils.  Although this buffalo (Bison bison) skull was found on a sandbar, and therefore has no stratigraphic control, it makes a great reference specimen.  Further collecting at this locality (in western Iowa) has produced numerous fossil Bison specimens (including Bison cf B. occidentalis) along with elk (Cervus elaphus), deer (Odocoileus sp.), mammoth (Mammuthus sp.), bear (Ursus americanus), and many others.  Unfortunately, a specific source of the material (which could be studied as a site) has not been established.  Much of the material has been recovered from point bars or as isolated elements protruding from the cut banks.  Several broken and whole points (artifacts) have been recovered from the creek as well, but none in association with the fossils. If you are interested in seeing some more of the material from this locality, click here.

 
 
    While collecting skeletal remains of prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) in Gove County, Kansas during the summer of 1998, I was fortunate enough to see a prairie rattlesnake! Although I love to take pictures, my wife thinks that I was too close for this one. This individual was about 1.2 meters long.

 
 
    This picture was taken at Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in northern Antelope County, Nebraska (located 6 miles north of U.S. 20 between Royal and Orchard). Many complete skeletons have been recovered from this site, but the specimens in this picture will remain in place as part of permanent exhibit. If you would like to read more about the Ash Fall site, click here.

 
 
    Have you ever been to Great Sand Dunes National Monument? If you ever go, be sure to go to the top. It is hard work, but well worth it.

 
     My wife brought this critter home almost a year ago with the statement "just for a night". Needless to say, "Bitty" is a new member of the family. Click here to see a picture of Bitty with my other cat, Machairodus ("Mac") and her name will make more sense. 


Other interesting sites

Mammals/Other  Paleontology 
Education / For kids  Journals 
Pleistocene ("Ice Age") related sites  Morphometrics

This page last updated October 18, 2001 scw
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