Have you ever thought about how exciting it would be to make an important scientific discovery? In paleontology, anyone with a love of science and discovery, some patience, eagle eyes, and a willingness to get dirty has a chance of doing just that! Amateur fossil hunters have discovered new species, assembled important collections, and collaborated with professionals to write groundbreaking scientific papers. Many have donated their fossil discoveries to museums around the world so that visitors can see them and future generations of scientists can study them. Amateurs have also worked to preserve important fossil sites threatened by development or destruction.
Our understanding of Cretaceous life in Maryland would be much less complete without the dedicated work of several amateur paleontologists who have worked with Smithsonian and university scientists to describe and document their finds. Here we profile three whose fossil discoveries are on display in the “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard” exhibit at the Smithsonian.
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Read popular press articles about Ray Stanford and his discoveries:
Stanford publications list:
Stanford, R., and Lockley, M. G. (2002): Diverse vertebrate track assemblages from the Early Cretaceous of Maryland. - Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 22(Suppl. 3): 111A.
Stanford, R., Weems, R. E., and Lockley, M. G. (2004). A new dinosaur ichnotaxon from the Lower Cretaceous Patuxent Formation of Maryland and Virginia. Ichnos 11:251-259
Stanford, R., Lockley, M. G. & Weems, R. (2007): Diverse dinosaur dominated ichnofaunas from the Potomac Group (Lower Cretaceous) Maryland. - Ichnos, 14: 155-173. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/
Stanford, R., Weishcample, D.B., and Deleon, V.B. (2011). The First Hatchling Dinosaur Reported from the Eastern United States: Propanoplosaurus marylandicus (Dinosauria: Ankylosauria) from the Early Cretaceous of Maryland, U.S.A. Journal of Paleontology; September 2011; v. 85; no. 5; p. 916-924
Thomas R. Lipka
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Read Tom Lipka's scientific papers at:http://independent.academia.edu/ThomasLipka/Papers
Learn about type specimens in the NMNH Department of Paleobiology collections at:http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/collection/
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