Gregg F. Gunnell

Duke University Lemur Center, USA


Gregg F. Gunnell received a Ph.D. degree in biological anthropology and geology in 1986 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Gunnell currently serves as Director of the Division of Fossil Primates at the Duke University Lemur Center, Durham, MI, USA. His area of interest covers the origin and diversification of modern orders of mammals. His research focuses on the mammalian fossil record and what it can tell us about the evolutionary history of mammals. He has spent his career studying the past history of a number of different modern mammalian groups including carnivores, primates, insectivores, bats as well as completely extinct groups such as palaeanodonts (armadillo-like animals), tillodonts, oxyaenid and hyaenodontid creodonts. He is not only interested in the phylogenetic relationships within and between mammalian groups but also studies biogeography, continental level migration events, patterns of origin, and extinction through time. He is interested in biostratigraphy and how different preservational factors in the fossil record can affect biostratigraphic correlation. He is also interested in local and regional factors that influence evolutionary history either in spite of, or in conjunction with, global events such as climate change.

Biography Updated on 10 April 2012

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