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Bruce Erickson

Bruce Erickson, Philip W. Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology

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Research Interests

  • Tertiary Crocodiles of North America: Anatomical and paleoecological studies of crocodilian taxa from the Paleocene of North Dakota and the Oligocene of South Carolina.
  • Jurassic and Cretaceous Reptiles: crocodilian and dinosaur anatomy.
  • Paleopathology in Vertebrate Fossils: Analysis of paleopathology in vertebrate taxa including mammals and reptiles.
  • Champsosaurs: Anatomical and paleoecological analysis of Cretaceous-Paleocene champsosaurs in North America.

Selected Publications

In review. Aquatic Adaptations of the Primitive Diapsid Reptile Champsosaurus: Evidence and Implications. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society.

2005. Crocodile and arthropod tracks from the Late Paleocene Wannagan Creek Fauna of North Dakota, USA. Ichnos Vol. 12: 303-308.

2003. Dinosaurs of the Science Museum of Minnesota, a Curator's Notebook. Research and Collections Division, Science Museum of Minnesota: St. Paul.

1998. A Palaeophid snake from the Late Paleocene of South Carolina. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society Vol. 88: 215-220.

1998. Crocodilians of the Black Mingo Group (Paleocene) of the South Carolina coastal plain. Transactions of the America Philosophical Society Vol. 88: 196-214.

Erickson, B. R. and G. T. Sawyer. 1996. The estuarine crocodile Gavialosuchus carolinenesis n. sp. (Crocodilia: Eusuchia) from the late Oligocene of South Carolina, North America. Monographs of the Science Museum of Minnesota No. 3: 1-47.

1991. Flora and fauna of the Wannagan Creek Quarry: Late Paleocene of North America. Scientific Publications of the Science Museum of Minnesota 7(3): 1-19.

1987. Simeodosaurus dakotensis, n. sp., a lepidosaurian reptile (Diapsida: Choristodera) from the Paleocene of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol.7: 237-251.

1985. Aspects of some anatomical structures of Champsosaurus (Reptilia: Eosuchia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 5: 111-127.

1982. Wannaganosuchus, a new alligator from the Paleocene of North America. Journal of Paleontology Vol. 56: 492-506.