The Mammoth Site is going behind-the-scenes and showcasing our employees-By: Bethany Cook
The Mammoth Site is going behind-the-scenes and showcasing our employees. We would like to introduce our Chief Scientist/Site Director Dr. Jim Mead.
Our Site Director, Dr. Jim I. Mead, has three earned degrees (B.S. Anthropology, M.S. Geosciences, and a Ph.D. in Geosciences: paleoenvironments and paleontology). Dr. Mead has written over 150 peer-reviewed professional publications and co-authored four books. He has active projects in North America, Asia, and Australia and worked at The Mammoth Site beginning with the initial discovery in 1974. Dr. Mead is currently working as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University. Starting in May, Dr. Mead will be at The Mammoth Site full time.
Some of the articles he has written include the description of a new genus and species of pygmy mountain sheep from the early Pleistocene of Arizona; A new species of extinct mountain sheep from the lower Pliocene of Nevada; A new species of mekosuchine terrestrial crocodile from Vanuatu, South Pacific. Articles about snakes and lizards include the extinct boid snake, Pterygoboa, from the early Miocene of Florida; The fossil history of the blind-snakes; Early Pleistocene lizards from caves in southern China; A venomous lizard from the late Miocene of Tennessee; Late Pleistocene skink lizards from a cave in Western Australia.