Preservation of Original Tissues in the Alberta Geological Record. How is it Possible?
Aaron van der Reest is a Master’s student in the Currie Lab at the University of Alberta where his current thesis investigates factors influencing the preservation of original soft tissues in vertebrate fossil remains. This work specifically investigates Late Campanian and Early Maastrichtian formations in Alberta covering a variety of paleo-ecosystems and depositional settings. Although his thesis is preservation of tissue, he continues research on theropod dinosaurs, and is currently involved in several other projects including a new Centrosaurine and new Hybodont shark, hadrosaurs from the Alberta foothills, and the evolution of feathers. In addition to his research work, he leads his own field program in the Alberta foothills working the previously unexplored Brazeau Formation (Campanian – E. Maastritchian).