Mark Erickson


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Mark Erickson recently retired from 40 years of teaching all areas of paleontology at SLU. He has a broad background in paleontology. Visiting the classic Ordovician fossil beds of Cincinnati with his classes for 30 years has allowed him to think about its shelly fossils in ways that few have done. He has researched fossils throughout the entire Phanerozoic Eon.

About half-way through Mark Erickson’s career teaching paleontology at SLU, he developed a summer school course in conjunction with the North Dakota Geological Survey. This allowed him, along with his students, to visit multiple digs for dinosaurs and many other vertebrate fossils of animals that lived just before the great dinosaur extinction.  

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