07/29/2020

Episode #3: Smashing the Patriarchy like a Bone-Crushing Dog with STEMinist Amy Atwater

As a paleontologist and science communicator, Amy Atwater has been challenging the conviction that all paleontologists look like Indiana Jones

Episode #3: Smashing the Patriarchy like a Bone-Crushing Dog with STEMinist Amy Atwater

Amy Atwater

Paleo Collections Manager at the Museum of the Rockies

Amy Atwater is in charge of the largest collection of Tyrannosaurus rex fossils in the world thanks to the Hell Creek Formation.

She got her start with sheep-pig-camel-mammals (otherwise known as oreodonts) before abandoning them for North American primates like omomoyids (AKA prehistoric evidence of Dr. Seuss' Whos) and bone crushing dogs. Here's the "Cat-Faced Man" Ekgmowechashala.

Check out Amy and Meaghan's blog Mary Anning's Revenge. (Mary Anning discovered the first complete Ichthyosaur, the first-ever Plesiosaur, and wacky ratfish Squaloraja just to name a few, although you wouldn't know it because her finds were often credited to men).  Find more Awesome Dead Sh*t here and check out Amy's Instagram, where she posts photos of her and other women with fossils, challenging the idea that paleontology is "for the boys."

Amy gives a behind-the-scenes tour of the Paleontology collection at the Museum of the Rockies

 

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