Celebrating R1 - Keeping Paleontology Alive in Nevada
The Paleontology research group at UNLV, lead by Dr. Steve Rowland, studies both the ecology of ancient ecosystems as well as how those assemblages came to be preserved in the fossil record to better interpret life through time. Southern Nevada is a fossil-rich region, and the team's projects currently include paleontological, paleoecological, and taphonomic studies of Ediacaran invertebrates, late Paleozoic and Mesozoic vertebrate trackways, Cretaceous dinosaur-bearing strata, Miocene terrestrial ecosystems, and the Pleistocene megafauna.
UNLV's Paleontology program works closely with the Las Vegas Natural History Museum where students and faculty work in the prep lab and as museum volunteers. The program also works closely with the recently established Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and Ice Age Fossils State Park, both of which are on the northern margin of Las Vegas Valley.
Despite these many accomplishments, Dr. Rowland and his students have literally only scratched the surface of what lies in our surrounding deserts! Give now and help us keep paleontology alive in our community.