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UnDisciplined: mosasaurs and me

Mosasaurs
Robyn Hanson
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This week we take a deep dive into the ancient, exploring the world as it existed over 66 million years ago, in an attempt to understand our present and our future. Creatures called Mosasaurus once inhabited our seas. They’re long extinct now, victims of the fifth great extinction event, along with 80 percent of the species alive at that time. But their lives and their world may give us insight into our own.

Dr. Josh Lively is the curator of paleontology at the USU eastern prehistoric museum. He studies the evolution of organisms and the dynamic of ecosystems from the late Cretaceous period. He has published research in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology.