CELS Paleontologist Wins Fulbright Grant to Study Dinosaur Extinction

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fastovskyKINGSTON, R.I. – April 1, 2014 – Paleontologist David Fastovsky, a professor of geosciences at the University of Rhode Island, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship grant to study the environmental conditions that existed in Europe when the dinosaurs went extinct.

Fastovsky has spent most of his career studying the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, the period of time when the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago.

“My whole career has been devoted to understanding the environmental transition going across the boundary,” said Fastovsky, a resident of Wakefield. “When the dinosaurs went extinct, did they go gradually or quickly? To understand that, you have to understand the processes of sedimentation and the environment in which their bones are preserved, or you can’t assess what the distribution of those bones in time really means. That’s what we’re after.”

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