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Grad Publication: Dave DeMar

A paper coauthored by UW Biology graduate student Dave DeMar was recently published online in the journal Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments. Dave's paper with coauthor James (Jim) Gardner of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology stemmed from a symposium entitled "Insights from the Fossil Record into the Evolution of Extant Amphibians and Reptiles", which was part of the Seventh World Congress of Herpetology held in August 2012 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jim and Dave's paper is a comprehensive chronological review of fossil lissamphibians (frogs, salamanders, caecilians, and albanerpetontids) from North America that lived during the age of dinosaurs (Mesozoic) and the first epoch (Paleocene) following the demise of non-avian dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous. Their review, which is based on more than 400 published and unpublished accounts from 61 geological formations, is complemented by two plates illustrating several impressive lissamp…