PALEONTOLOGY RESOURCES

 

Here are some of the science resources that have been particularly influential to Ari Rudenko’s process in developing Prehistoric Body Theater, and the performance GHOSTS of HELL CREEK.

 
 

SCIENTISTS

DR. GREG WILSON
Burke Museum Adjunct Curator of Paleontoloy and director of the Hell Creek Project and WilsonLAB. Studies mammal evolution across the K-Pg Boundary
www.biology.washington.edu/people/profile/greg-wilson

DR. DAVE EVANS
Dr. Evans holds the Temerty Chair in Vertebrate Palaeontology and oversees dinosaur research at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Studies dinosaurs extinction and the K-Pg Boundary.
www.rom.on.ca/en/collections-research/rom-staff/david-c-evans

SARA ELSHAFIE
Ph.D candidate in paleontology at UC Berkeley, director of Science Through Story
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/about/profile.php?lastname=ElShafie&firstname=Sara

DR. NEIL SHUBIN
Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Professor on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. Studies evolution via comparative anatomy, author of Your Inner Fish.
www.neilshubin.com

DR. JULIA CLARKE
Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, her work focuses on the evolution of the syrinx (the avian voicebox), as well as feathered flight.
www.juliaclarke-paleolab.com

EDUCATION

UNDERSTANDING EVOLUTION
UC Berkeley’s fantastic free online resource for learning about paleontology and evolutionary biology. A delightfully comprehensive and accesible tool, very worth checking out!
evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary

THE BURKE MUSEUM
Seattle’s Culture and Natural History Museum, public outreach resource for both indigenous culture and science, including University of Washington’s paleontology collections and labs.
www.burkemuseum.org

ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, including an excellent paleontology collection.
www.rom.on.ca/en

JOGGINS FOSSIL CENTRE
Joggins Fossil Cliffs capture the Carboniferous Period ecosystem featured in Act 2 of GHOSTS of HELL CREEK.
www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net

FORT PECK INTERPRETIVE CENTER AND MUSEUM
Paleontology museum located near Hell Creek State Park, Montana. Houses many of the fossils found in Hell Creek, the featured ecosystem in GHOSTS of HELL CREEK.
www.visitmt.com/listings/general/dinosaur-museum/fort-peck-interpretive-center-and-museum.html

MEDIA

YOUR INNER FISH
Both a book and PBS documentry by Neil Shubin, exploring the human evolutionary story since the origin of the backbone. A highly influential work for Ari Rudenko in forming Prehistoric Body Theater.
www.pbs.org/show/your-inner-fish/

PALAEOCAST
Great podcast featuring interviews with paleontologists on a wide variety of topics. Accessible and very science focused.
www.palaeocast.com

I KNOW DINO
Dinosaur focused podcast, featuring both science news and discussions of media and pop culture representation.
www.iknowdino.com

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
The BBC classic TV series. Although now out of date, the artistry with which the team reconstructed prehistoric worlds had a lasting effect on Ari, and is well worth watching.
www.bbcearth.com/walking-with-dinosaurs/

ART

MARK WITTON
Leading paleo-artist known for his academic rigour and gorgeous artisty.
www.markwitton.com

EMILY WILLOUGHBY
Paleo-artist known for her very bird-like interpretations of dromaeosaurus, and focus on the dinosaur to bird evolutionary story.
www.emilywilloughby.com