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madanMeena Madan. School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TQ, UK; ;
(corresponding author)

Meena Madan earned her B.A. from University of California Irvine, and her M.S. from University of Bristol (UK). She has worked at La Brea tar pits for many years and done research on the cats, sloths, and many kinds of birds. She has also worked on the functional morphology of owls.



protheroDonald R. Prothero. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007;

Donald Prothero has taught college geology and paleontology for 40 years, at Caltech, Occidental, and several other colleges, and currently teaches at Cal Poly Pomona. He earned his B.A. in geology and biology from University of California Riverside, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in geological sciences from Columbia University. He is the author of over 40 books and over 300 scientific papers. Major awards: Guggenheim Fellow, 1989; 1991, Schuchert Award for outstanding paleontologist under the age of 40; 2013, Shea Award for outstanding writing and editing the geosciences; 2015, Gregory Award for service to vertebrate paleontology.




syversonValerie J.P. Syverson. Dept. Geosciences, Univ. Wisconsin, 1215 W. Dayton St., Madison, WI 53706;

Valerie Syverson earned a B.S. in geological sciences from the California Institute of Technology in 2008 and a Ph.D. in paleontology from the University of Michigan in 2014, and is currently a post-doc affiliated with the University of Wisconsin. Valerie has done research on biotic interactions in crinoids, biostatistics for various mammals and birds from La Brea, and development on the Paleobiology Database and GeoDeepDive projects.


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