James Kirkland (paleontologist)


James Kirkland (paleontologist)

James Ian Kirkland (born 1954) is an American paleontologist and geologist. He has worked with dinosaur remains from the south west United States of America and has been responsible for discovering new and important genera. He named (or worked with others in naming) "Animantarx" (Carpenter, Kirkland, Burge, and Bird, 1999), "Eohadrosaurus" (Kirkland, 1997 " [nomen nudum] "), now named "Eolambia" (Kirkland, 1998), "Gastonia" (Kirkland, 1998), "Mymoorapelta" (Kirkland and Carpenter, 1994), "Nedcolbertia" (Kirkland, Britt, Whittle, S. K. Madsen, and Burge, 1998), "Utahraptor" (Kirkland, Burge, and Gaston, 1993) and "Zuniceratops" (Wolfe and Kirkland, 1998). At the same site where he found "Gastonia" and "Utahraptor", Kirkland has also excavated fossils of the therizinosaur "Falcarius".

Kirkland's career has been distinguished. He is 'adjunct' Professor of Geology at Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado, USA. He is a Research Associate of the Denver Museum of Natural History in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado, and is also an official Utah State Paleontologist for the Utah Geological Survey, working in their "Ground-Water & Paleontology Program".

Together with Diane Carey, he has written a "Star Trek" novel, "First Frontier."

References

* [http://www.dmns.org/main/en/ Denver Museum of Nature & Science]
* [http://geology.utah.gov/ Utah Geological Survey]
* [http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/dinosaurs/glossary/indexk.shtml Enchanted Learning web site]


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