Nathaniel S. Fox

Nathaniel S. Fox
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology | SDSM&T · Museum of Geology

PhD

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Introduction
My research focuses on vertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, and collections management. I am particularly interested in quantifying small mammal responses to environmental change and developing and implementing best practices for conserving natural history collections.

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The theropod footprint taxon Eubrontes is common in Early Jurassic rocks of the Hartford Basin, where parallel trackways at one site have been taken as evidence that the trackmaker was gregarious. Recent research evaluating trackway orientations at multiple track sites, however, suggest that trackway parallelism is facies specific and more likely r...
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Eubrontes giganteus is a common ichnospecies of large dinosaur track in the Early Jurassic rocks of the Hartford and Deerfield basins in Connecticut and Massachusetts, USA. It has been proposed that the trackmaker was gregarious based on parallel trackways at a site in Massachusetts known as Dinosaur Footprint Reservation (DFR). The gregariousness...
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Morphometric measurements were used to classify 11 mustelid dentaries from Snake Creek Burial Cave (SCBC), a late Pleistocene to early Holocene–aged paleontological locality in eastern Nevada, that were undifferentiated between Mustela nigripes (black-footed ferret) and Neovison vison (American mink) due to their similar size and morphology. We, th...
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Geometric morphometric analyses are frequently employed to quantify biological shape and shape variation. Despite the popularity of this technique, quantification of measurement error in geometric morphometric datasets and its impact on statistical results is seldom assessed in the literature. Here, we evaluate error on 2D landmark coordinate confi...
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Quantifying the niche of contemporary and fossil organisms is key to identifying the primary factors driving species and community dynamics through time, in particular teasing apart abiotic and biotic drivers of change. However, niche quantification can be difficult due to short time spans (for contemporary systems), time averaging (for fossil syst...
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Quantifying the niche of contemporary and fossil organisms is key to identifying the primary factors driving species and community dynamics through time, in particular teasing apart abiotic and biotic drivers of change. However, niche quantification can be difficult due to short time spans (for contemporary systems), time averaging (for fossil syst...
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Leporid remains are common in Quaternary fossil assemblages and are useful paleoenvironmental indicators. Identifying leporid fossils to species is challenging, though previous work has shown that identifications are more feasible if fossils can be narrowed down to a subset of potential species occurring across limited spatial scales. We sampled 12...
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Recently discovered asphaltic fossil deposits at Rancho La Brea (Los Angeles, California, USA), collectively named “Project 23”, provide new opportunities to study microvertebrates with improved spatial and temporal context for this site. Our goal is to understand ecological dynamics within the small mammal assemblages in this region over thousands...

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The goal of this project is to evaluate changes in small mammal morphology, community ecology, and stable isotope ecology in the Los Angeles Basin, CA, over the past ~55,000 years