Active Research

Field Work


Burpee staff and crew members continue to venture out to Montana and Utah each summer on paleontology expeditions in search of new dinosaur fossil discoveries, and the trips are open to the public! This past field season, nearly 60 fossil enthusiasts joined our crew, with participants ranging from high school students to retirees, bringing with them a diverse range of life experiences and skills to the team.

Skilled paleontologists including Thomas Carr, Mark Goodwin, Thomas Holtz, Holly Woodward, et al. have aided in the discovery of our newly found friends (Jane, Homer, Pearl, etc.), and continue their research on each. 

Dr. Thomas Carr, Associate Professor of Biology at Carthage College and noted Tyrannosaurus rex expert, continues his research on Jane. Dr. Carr is currently writing a “bone by bone” description of Jane and comparing her to other tyrannosaurs.  He will be submitting this publication to a special Tyrannosaur Volume that is being edited by Dr. Peter Makovicky, Field Museum of Chicago. 
Follow Dr. Carr's blog on Jane here! 

Dr. Mark Goodwin, Assistant Director of University of California’s Museum of Paleontology and noted Triceratops expert, continues his research and work on Homer.  There has never been an extensive description on a Triceratops of this growth stage and Dr. Goodwin (along with Scott Williams and Josh Mathews) is writing a “bone by bone” description that will be published in the Journal of Paleontology.
Learn more on Mark Goodwin here! 

Dr. Thomas Holtz, Jr., Senior Lecturer at University of Maryland and noted Theropod expert, continues his research on Pearl, our newly found oviraptor. He has several extensive publications, especially on tyrannosaurids and other theropod dinosaurs. Dr. Holtz wrote the book Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages and is the author or co-author of the chapters "Saurischia", "Basal Tetanurae", and "Tyrannosauroidea" in the second edition of The Dinosauria. He has also been consulted as a scientific advisor for the Walking With Dinosaurs BBC series. 
Learn more on Tom Holtz here!