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Kyle Atkins-Weltman

I am a PhD student at Oklahoma State University, and I study the paleoecology of the end-Cretaceous. My background is purely in biology, so that is where I focus all of my paleontological efforts. My current focus is biomechanics of locomotion, though this is but one project I have planned.

I believe that learning the present is the key to understanding the past, so when I am not doing biomechanical modeling or other research on fossils, I am working hands-on with living animals, particularly reptiles. This experience has proved valuable to my work, as it inspires me with questions and hypotheses that I can then test on extinct animals.

Eoneophron infernalis

A Fresh Hell (Chicken)

A newly identified “Hell chicken” species suggests dinosaurs weren’t sliding toward extinction before the fateful asteroid hit.