This month Columbus Science Pub digs into paleontology. We'll learn about vertebrate taphonomy, a subfield of paleontology that asks: “How did these animals die? Did they all die at once? How far were their remains transported? How did they become buried?”
Fossils can give answers to these questions, thanks to taphonomy. This month, Dale Gnidovec will share examples from his research on a microvertebrate site in the Green River Formation of Utah and a dinosaur site in Alberta, Canada.
Dale Gnidovec is the curator of OSU's Orton Geological Museum where he take care of over 54,000 rocks, minerals and fossils and the exhibit hall and identify rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. He identifies whatever comes in, including rocks, minerals, fossils, and bones. But, according to Dale, the best part of his job is educating the public about geology. His main interest is paleontology, with a special interest in dinosaurs – he spent parts of 13 summers with crews from the Cincinnati Museum Center searching for and digging dinosaurs in Montana. He also writes a geology column that appears periodically in The Columbus Dispatch.