Episode 72: How Did Marine Fossils End Up on Dry Land?

Meet the Expert: Gabriel-Phillip Santos, paleontologist and cosplay science educator

Gabriel-Phillip Santos

Gabriel Santos is a paleontologist and educator at the Alf Museum of Paleontology in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.Sc. in biology at University of California-Irvine, and his M.Sc. in geology at California State University-Fullerton. His previous research interests focused on the Eocene vertebrate fauna of Southern California and the paleobiology of marine mammals, particularly in the extinct hippo-like desmostylians. He now focuses his work on science education and accessibility of science through projects like the Cosplay for Science Initiative. He was recently named a 2020 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions.

Gabriel works at the ALF Museum– click on the log for more information The Alf Museum logo

Gabriel with a dinosaur    Gabriel with a fossilized foot


Gabriel at his TED talk

Gabrial giving a TED Talk about his role with Cosplay for Science (click on logo below for more info)


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Outdoor School Rocks, Fossils, and Shells book



Highlighted book for this episode! 

Outdoor School: Rock, Fossil, and Shell Hunting: The Definitive Interactive Nature Guide 
by Jennifer Swanson (Author), John D. Dawson (Illustrator)






Book List:

Fossils for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Dinosaur Bones, Ancient Animals, and Prehistoric Life on Earth by Ashley Hall

Where Do Fossils Come from? How Do We Find Them? Archaeology for Kids by Bobo’s Little Brainiac Books

Paleontology (A True Book: Earth Science) by Susan H. Gray

Rhinos in Nebraska: The Amazing Discovery of the Ashfall Fossil Beds by Alison Pearce Stevens (Author), Matt Huynh (Illustrator)

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