We're Tyler Lyson and Ian Miller, paleontologists who recently discovered fossils that capture the million-year timeline of life after the dinosaurs died. Ask us anything!
Dr. Tyler Lyson, Denver Museum of Nature & Science curator of vertebrate paleontology, co-led the research team. Dr. Lyson broke the discovery wide open by following his curiosity and cracking open one of the many white rocks (called concretions) at the Corral Bluffs site, revealing an entire mammal skull from the period just after the asteroid impact that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. This discovery, which paints a picture of the million years following the asteroid impact that killed the non-avian dinosaurs, was covered by the New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Science Magazine, and PBS’ NOVA, including in its new documentary, “Rise of the Mammals.” Ask me anything about the K-T boundary, vertebrate fossils, the emergence of the world after the extinction of the dinosaurs, and being featured in “Rise of the Mammals.”
Dr. Ian Miller, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Department chair and curator of paleobotany, co-led the research team and spearheaded the collection of fossil plants from the Corral Bluffs area, along with the analysis of more than 6,000 specimens to determine the relationship between plant and animal diversity in the years immediately following the asteroid impact. Ask me anything about the K-T boundary, fossil plants, and the emergence of the world after the extinction of the dinosaurs, and being featured in “Rise of the Mammals.”