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Vertebrate Paleontology

Smithsonian scientists name a new species of fossil whale from the Burke Museum collection after Burke Curator Dr. Elizabeth Nesbitt.

Seated paleontologist working on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.

Group of paleontologists posing for a photo

In search for answers to the most colossal extinction on earth, Dr. Brandoon Peecok and his team travel to Zambia to collect fossils.

Twenty-five years ago, the film Jurassic Park appeared on the big screen along with the famous fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.

They've made many trips to the Burke Museum to see the T. rex this past year and formed a special friendship with the fossil preparators along the way.

A Burke Museum team recently returned from a research expedition to Antarctica—one of the most difficult places to do fieldwork in the world.

Burke Museum and University of Washington paleontologists discovered more than 100 fossil specimens in 56 localities during a recent research expedition to Antarctica.

An illustration of Wimahl chinookensis.

Meet Wimahl chinookensis, a new species of fossil dolphin that lived about 18 million years ago in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt and Ken Angielczyk conduct fieldwork in Tanzania in 2015.

UW paleontologists and geologists, including Burke curator Christian Sidor, have uncovered new fossils in Zambia and Tanzania.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Christian Sidor posing in front of the camera at Antarctica

Christian Sidor is returning to Antarctica to explore the Shackleton Glacier area, one of the first places where vertebrates were found in abundance. 

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie is looking at prehistoric reptiles fossils.

Visiting researcher Sara ElShafie looks at the effects of climate change on prehistoric reptiles.

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