Research & Collections

Publications using Collections



Buchanan, M. E. & Bonney, R. 2020. Rethinking Mississippian copper symbol badges: two previously unreported examples from east Alabama. Southeastern Archaeology, 39, 151–165, doi: 10.1080/0734578X.2020.1754727.

Gilliland, L. K. 2020. Examining Inter- and Intra-Site Practices Surrounding the Burial Goods and Skeletal Pathology of Children’s Burials in the Pickwick Basin of Alabama. MA Thesis, The University of Alabama, 103 pp.

Nelson, T. C. 2020. Material Evidence for Early Coalescence: The Hightower Village Site (1TA150) in the Coosa River Valley. Dissertation, The University of Alabama, 229 pp.

Stewart, A. N. 2020. Reflections of Life in Death: An Investigation of Archaeo-Biographies at the Perry Site (1LU25). Dissertation, The University of Alabama, 350 pp.


Carmody, S., Davis, J., Tadi, S., Sharp, J. S., Hunt, R. K. & Russ, J. 2018. Evidence of tobacco from a Late Archaic smoking tube recovered from the Flint River site in southeastern North America. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 21, 904–910, doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2018.05.013.


Blitz, J. H. & Riehm, G. E. (eds). 2015[2017]. Andrews Place (1MB1): A Late Woodland and Mississippian Shell Midden on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Journal of Alabama Archaeology, 61, 1–117.

Harrison, A. L. M. 2017. Sex Roles in Prehistoric Alabama: A Bioarchaeological Investigation of the Bluff Creek (1LU59) Site Using Paleopathology and Trauma Analysis. MA Thesis, The University of Alabama, 51 pp.

Porth, E. S. 2017. Reconsidering Institutional Collapse and Social Transformation at Moundville during the Fifteenth Century. Dissertation, The University of Alabama, 431 pp.

Simpson, D. S. 2017. Cheating Death in Prehistory: Pathology, Trauma, Disability, and Care during the Archaic Period in North Alabama. MA Thesis, The University of Alabama, 97 pp.


Blitz, J. H. 2016. New questions for old collections: the Andrews Place Site 1MB1. Stones & Bones Newsletter of the Alabama Archaeological Society, 58, 2–3.

Morgan, C. C. 2016. Trauma Fractures and the Brutality of Sport: Exploring Evidence of Gaming in the Mississippian Southeast. MA Thesis, The University of Alabama.

Riehm, G. E. 2016. Evaluation of the Pensacola Relative Ceramic Chronology by Percentage Stratigraphy Seriation. MA Thesis, The University of Alabama, 73 pp.


Ethnology & History

Ludlow, C. & Wimberley, V. 2018. Amelia Gayle Gorgas: A study of the woman and her dress. Proceedings of the International Textile and Apparel Association, 75, 1–3.

Furthermore, the collections of the Gorgas House have been used for research in multiple classes across the UA campus in the Department of Art and Art History (ARH), Department of History (HY), Elementary Education Programs (CEE), English (ENG), and HES-Clothing Textile and Design (HES, CTD): ARH 252 – Survey of Art I, ARH 253 – Survey of Art II, HY 104 – American Civilization Since 1865, HY 105 – Honors West Civ to 1648, HY 306 – Topics in American History, HY 329 – American Religious History Before 1870, HY 406 – Topics in American History, CEE 366 – Teaching Social Sciences for Early Childhood and Elementary Children, EN 101 – English Composition, EN 343 – British Fiction to 1900, CTD 102 – Applied Design, CTD 141 – Intro to Apparel Design, CTD 221 – Material Source Int Design, CTD 319 – Textile Design, CTD 425 – Advanced Residential Design, HES 100 – Freshman Compass Human Environmental Science.




Cicimurri, D. J., Ebersole, J. A. & Martin, G. 2020. Two new species of Mennerotodus Zhelezko, 1994 (Chondrichthyes: Lamniformes: Odontaspididae), from the Paleogene of the southeastern United States. Fossil Record, 23, 117–140, doi: 10.5194/fr-23-117-2020.

Cossette, A. P. & Brochu, C. A. 2020. A systematic review of the giant alligatoroid Deinosuchus from the Campanian of North America and its implications for the relationships at the root of Crocodylia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 40, e1767638, doi: 10.1080/02724634.2020.1767638.

Farrar, L., Graves, E., Petsios, E., Portell, R. W., Grun, T. B., Kowalewski, M. & Tyler, C. L. 2020. Characterization of traces of predation and parasitism on fossil echinoids. PALAIOS, 35, 215–227, doi: 10.2110/palo.2019.088.

Gentry, A. D. 2020. The Non-Protostegid Cretaceous Marine Turtles of Alabama and Their Bearing on the Evolution of Extant Chelonioids. Dissertation, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 269 pp.

Hacker, R. J., London, M. G. & Shimada, K. 2020. Putative remains of an enigmatic Cretaceous bony fish, Palaeonotopterus greenwoodi (Teleostei: Osteoglossomorpha), from Alabama, U.S.A. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 123, 441–447, doi: 10.1660/062.123.0314.

Ikejiri, T., Lu, Y. & Zhang, B. 2020. Two-step extinction of Late Cretaceous marine vertebrates in northern Gulf of Mexico prolonged biodiversity loss prior to the Chicxulub impact. Scientific Reports, 10, 4169, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-61089-w.

Lively, J. R. 2020. Redescription and phylogenetic assessment of ‘Prognathodonstadtmani : implications for Globidensini monophyly and character homology in Mosasaurinae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, e1784183, doi: 10.1080/02724634.2020.1784183.

Maisey, J. G., Ehret, D. J. & Denton, J. S. S. 2020. A new genus of Late Cretaceous angel shark (Elasmobranchii; Squatinidae), with comments on squatinid phylogeny. American Museum Novitates, 3954, 1–29, doi: 10.1206/3954.1.

Maisey, J. G., Denton, J. S. S., Burrow, C. & Pradel, A. 2020. Architectural and ultrastructural features of tessellated calcified cartilage in modern and extinct chondrichthyan fishes. Journal of Fish Biology, jfb.14376, doi: 10.1111/jfb.14376.

Mehling, C. M. & Buta, R. J. 2020. The long walk from the Carboniferous: mysterious fossil tracks are rediscovered after 87 years. Geological Curator, 11, 307–321.

Palci, A., Konishi, T. & Caldwell, M. W. 2020. A comprehensive review of the morphological diversity of the quadrate bone in mosasauroids (Squamata: Mosasauroidea), with comments on the homology of the infrastapedial process. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 40, e1879101, doi: 10.1080/02724634.2021.1879101.

Zietlow, A. R. 2020. How to Make Monsters: Craniofacial Ontogeny in Mosasauridae. Honors Thesis, Carthage College, 109 pp.


Brownstein, C. D. 2019. New records of theropods from the latest Cretaceous of New Jersey and the Maastrichtian Appalachian fauna. Royal Society Open Science, 6, 191206, doi: 10.1098/rsos.191206.

Ebersole, J. A., Cicimurri, D. J. & Stringer, G. L. 2019. Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of the elasmobranchs and bony fishes (Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes) of the lower-to-middle Eocene (Ypresian to Bartonian) Claiborne Group in Alabama, USA, including an analysis of otoliths. European Journal of Taxonomy, 585, 1–274, doi: 10.5852/ejt.2019.585.

Harrell, T. L. & Ehret, D. J. 2019. Lungfish tooth plates (Sarcopterygii, Dipnoi) from the Late Cretaceous (Santonian) Eutaw Formation of Alabama and Mississippi, USA. Journal of Paleontology, 93, 531–542, doi: 10.1017/jpa.2018.91.

King, O. A., Stimson, M. R. & Lucas, S. G. 2019. The ichnogenus Kouphichnium and related xiphosuran traces from the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site (Union Chapel Mine), Alabama, USA: Ichnotaxonomic and paleoenvironmental implications. Ichnos, 26, 266–302, doi: 10.1080/10420940.2018.1561447.

Lucas, S. G. 2019. An ichnological perspective on some major events of Paleozoic tetrapod evolution. Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 58, 223–266, doi: 10.4435/BSPI.2019.20.

McCormack, L. 2019. Borealosuchus (Crocodylia) from the Early Campanian Mooreville Chalk Reveals New Insights into the Late Cretaceous Fauna of Alabama and the Origin of Crocodylian Lineages. Master Thesis, University of Iowa, 100 pp., doi: 10.17077/etd.inrp-kc05.

Shimada, K. 2019. A new species and biology of the Late Cretaceous ‘blunt-snouted’ bony fish, Thryptodus (Actinopterygii: Tselfatiiformes), from the United States. Cretaceous Research, 101, 92–107, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2019.04.011.

Van Vranken, N., Fielitz, C. & Ebersole, J. 2019. New occurrences of Belonostomus (Teleostomorpha: Aspidorhynchidae) from the Late Cretaceous of the North American Gulf Coastal Plain, USA. Palaeontologia Electronica, 22.3.58, 1–11, doi: 10.26879/983.


Beckemeyer, R. J. & Engel, M. S. 2018. First North American species of the European genus Archaemegaptilus from the Upper Carboniferous Pottsville Formation of northern Alabama (Palaeodictyoptera: Archaemegaptilidae). Novitates Paleoentomologicae, 21, 1–7, doi: 10.17161/np.v0i21.7164.

Brownstein, C. 2018. The biogeography and ecology of the Cretaceous non-avian dinosaurs of Appalachia. Palaeontologia Electronica, 21.1.5A, 1–56, doi: 10.26879/801.

Ebersole, J. A. & Ehret, D. J. 2018. A new species of Cretalamna sensu stricto (Lamniformes, Otodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Santonian-Campanian) of Alabama, USA. PeerJ, 6, e4229, doi: 10.7717/peerj.4229.

Ehret, D. J. & Harrell, T. L. 2018. Feeding traces on Pteranodon (Reptilia: Pterosauria) bone from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) Mooreville Chalk in Alabama, USA. PALAIOS, 33, 414–418, doi: 10.2110/palo.2018.024.

Field, D. J., Hanson, M., Burnham, D., Wilson, L. E., Super, K., Ehret, D., Ebersole, J. A. & Bhullar, B.-A. S. 2018. Complete Ichthyornis skull illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head. Nature, 557, 96–100, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0053-y.

Gentry, A. D. 2018. Prionochelys matutina Zangerl, 1953 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous of the United States and the evolution of epithecal ossifications in marine turtles. PeerJ, 6, e5876, doi: 10.7717/peerj.5876.

Gentry, A. D., Parham, J. F., Ehret, D. J. & Ebersole, J. A. 2018. A new species of Peritresius Leidy, 1856 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Alabama, USA, and the occurrence of the genus within the Mississippi Embayment of North America Smith, T. (ed.). PLoS ONE, 13, e0195651, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0195651.

Green, C. C. 2018. Osteohistology and Skeletochronology of an Ontogenetic Series of Clidastes (Squamata: Mosasauridae): Growth and Metabolism in Basal Mosasaurids. MS Thesis, Fort Hays State University, 42 pp.

Itano, W. M. & Lambert, L. L. 2018. A new cochliodont anterior tooth plate from the Mississippian of Alabama (USA) having implications for the origin of tooth plates from tooth files. Zoological Letters, 4, 12, doi: 10.1186/s40851-018-0097-8.

Lively, J. R. 2018. Taxonomy and historical inertia: Clidastes (Squamata: Mosasauridae) as a case study of problematic paleobiological taxonomy. Alcheringa, 42, 516–527, doi: 10.1080/03115518.2018.1549685.

Mohr, S. R. 2018. Cretaceous Bird Fossils of Alberta, Canada. Master Thesis, University of Alberta, 109 pp.

Witton, M. P. 2018. Pterosaurs in Mesozoic food webs: A review of fossil evidence. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 455, 7–23, doi: 10.1144/SP455.3.


Carpenter, J. A. 2017. Locomotion and Skeletal Morphology of Late Cretaceous Mosasaur, Tylosaurus proriger. Honors Thesis, Georgia Southern University, 28 pp.

Gentry, A. D. 2017. New material of the Late Cretaceous marine turtle Ctenochelys acris Zangerl, 1953 and a phylogenetic reassessment of the ‘toxochelyid’-grade taxa. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 15, 675–696, doi: 10.1080/14772019.2016.1217087.

Shimada, K. 2017. The Late Cretaceous ‘blunt-snouted’ bony fish, Thryptodus zitteli (Actinopterygii: Tselfatiiformes), from the Tombigbee Sand of Alabama, U.S.A., and comments on preservational and ontogenetic variations of Thryptodus rostra. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 120, 227–232, doi: 10.1660/062.120.0413.


Connolly, A. M. 2016. Exploring the Relationship between Paleobiogeography, Deep-Diving Behavior, and Size Variation of the Parietal Eye in Mosasaurs. Master Thesis, University of Kansas, 35 pp.

Dumont, M., Tafforeau, P., Bertin, T., Bhullar, B.-A., Field, D., Schulp, A., Strilisky, B., Thivichon-Prince, B., Viriot, L. & Louchart, A. 2016. Synchrotron imaging of dentition provides insights into the biology of Hesperornis and Ichthyornis, the “last” toothed birds. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16, 178, doi: 10.1186/s12862-016-0753-6.

Ehret, D. J. 2016. Rediscovery of the type series of the Carboniferous ichnospecies Attenosaurus subulensis (Aldrich in Aldrich & Jones, 1930) and Cincosaurus cobbi (Aldrich in Aldrich & Jones, 1930) with comments on the designation of neotypes. The Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 73, 77–80, doi: 10.21805/bzn.v73i1.a4.

Harrell, T. L. 2016. Biogeochemical Analysis of Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Fossils of Western Alabama, USA. Dissertation, The University of Alabama, 115 pp.

Harrell, T. L., Pérez-Huerta, A. & Suarez, C. A. 2016. Endothermic mosasaurs? Possible thermoregulation of Late Cretaceous mosasaurs (Reptilia, Squamata) indicated by stable oxygen isotopes in fossil bioapatite in comparison with coeval marine fish and pelagic seabirds. Palaeontology, 59, 351–363, doi: 10.1111/pala.12240.

Harrell, T. L., Pérez-Huerta, A. & Phillips, G. 2016. Strontium isotope age-dating of fossil shark tooth enameloid from the Upper Cretaceous Strata of Alabama and Mississippi, USA. Cretaceous Research, 62, 1–12, doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2016.01.011.


Collections Managed by Biological Sciences



Harrington, R. C., Simmons, J. W. & Near, T. J. 2020. The geographic distribution of the imperiled barrens darter, Etheostoma forbesi, and threats of hybridization with the closely related fringed darter, Etheostoma crossopterum. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 61, 3–21, doi: 10.3374/014.061.0101.

Near, T. J., Simmons, J. W., Mollish, J. M., Correa, M. A., Benavides, E., Harrington, R. C. & Keck, B. P. 2017. A new species of logperch endemic to Tennessee (Percidae: Etheostomatinae: Percina). Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, 58, 287–309, doi: 10.3374/014.058.0203.

Tracy, B.H., Rohde, F. C. & Hogue, G. M. 2020. An annotated atlas of the freshwater fishes of North Carolina. Southeastern Fishes Council Proceedings, 1, 1–198.

Tracy, Bryn H., Rohde, F. C. & Hogue, G. M. 2020. “Ghost sightings” made by ichthyologists past: longear sunfish, Lepomis megalotis, in North Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist, 19, 297–307, doi: 10.1656/058.019.0209.


Reptile and Amphibian Collection

Ospina, O. E., Tieu, L., Apodaca, J. J. & Lemmon, E. M. 2020. Hidden diversity in the mountain chorus frog (Pseudacris brachyphona) and the diagnosis of a new species of chorus frog in the southeastern United States. Copeia, 108, 778–795, doi: 10.1643/CH2020009.

Pugh, M. W. & Neely, D. A. 2018. Necturus punctatus (dwarf waterdog). Herpetological Review, 49, 280.

Scott, P. A., Glenn, T. C. & Rissler, L. J. 2018. Resolving taxonomic turbulence and uncovering cryptic diversity in the musk turtles (Sternotherus) using robust demographic modeling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 120, 1–15, doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.11.008.