Exploring Lost Worlds
& Uncovering Prehistoric Beasts
The work of a paleontologist doesn't end with the discovery of a fossil or with the publication of a new scientific report. The creatures of prehistory have an unmatched ability to capture the imagination of the general public, to spark intellectual curiosity, and to open the door to a lifelong fascination with the natural world. As a paleontologist, I work to discover, analyze, and share with as wide an audience as possible how the denizens of ancient Earth once lived.
Discoveries, outreach, media, and everyday life of a paleontologist.
Life on Earth has been evolving for more than 3.5 billion years. Here are some of the highlights.
WALTER SCOTT PERSONS, IV
I am told that I have been in love with paleontology from the age of 2 ½, when my father gave me my first dinosaur book. Since then, I have taken part in fossil-hunting expeditions throughout the badlands of the American West, the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, the canyons of Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge, the pampas of Argentina, and the volcanic ash beds of Northern China. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Macalester College and a master’s degree and PhD in Evolution and Systematics from the University of Alberta.
A paleontologist's best friend
What better sidekick for hunting bones and exploring the badlands could you have? My dog Hannah is a rescued mutt and a loyal companion. She is never afraid to blaze a new trail, or to lend a paw when it comes time to dig.
My Better Half
Hailing from British Columbia, my wife Amanda is a wildlife biologist and animal photographer. A supportive and adventurous spouse, Amanda helps me to meet all of life’s challenges head-on.