Alumnus Gives Amherst College Beneski Museum of Natural History a Dryosaurus Altus Dinosaur; Will Be Second Mounted Specimen of its Species the World

Submitted on Tuesday, 4/9/2013, at 11:15 AM

April 9, 2013                       
Contact: Caroline Hanna                                                                              
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AMHERST, Mass.—An agile and speedy vegan dinosaur roughly the height of a pony and the length of an American alligator will be the newest inhabitant of Amherst College’s Beneski Museum of Natural History this spring, thanks to a generous member of the Class of 1977 and his wife. John S. and Leigh Middleton have given John’s alma mater the skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus, a dinosaur that roamed North America during the Late Jurassic period about 150 to 145 million years ago.

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Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees Ph.D., University of Arizona (1986) M.Sc., Queen's University (1982) A.B. Bryn Mawr College (1977) A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1999)

Tekla Harms' Research Opportunities for Students

I have a number of long-term research projects located around the globe. While they may seem disparate, each in its own way seeks to understand the evolution of mountain belts and the interactions of plate boundaries in creating those belts. Detailed structural analysis - looking at the small scale evidence of major crustal displacement - is one of the tools I use to investigate mountain belts.