Spencer G. Lucas, Ph. D.

Curator of Paleontology

Email: spencer.lucas


“I am a paleontologist and stratigrapher who specializes in the study of late Paleozoic, Mesozoic and early Cenozoic vertebrate fossils and continental deposits, particularly in the American Southwest. I have extensive field experience in the western United States as well as in northern Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Soviet Georgia and the People's Republic of China. I have published more than 500 scientific articles and co-edited 14 books. I have authored 3 books. I have 16 years of museum experience and 17 years of teaching experience at the university level.”


Selected Publications

Joyce, W.G., Lucas, S.G., Scheyer, T.M., Heckert, A.B., and Hunt, A.P. 2009, A thin-shelled reptile from the Late Triassic of North America and the origin of the turtle shell: Proc. R. Soc. B. vol. 276 pp. 507–513. PDF (590K)

Lucas, S.G. 2009, Global Jurassic tetrapod biochronology; in Volumina Jurassica, vol. 6 pp. 99–108. PDF (396K)

Renesto, S.C., Spielmann, J.A., and Lucas, S.G. 2009, The oldest record of drepanosaurids (Reptilia, Diapsida) from the Late Triassic (Adamanian Placerias Quarry, Arizona, USA) and the stratigraphic range of the Drepanosauridae: N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. Abh. vol.252 pp. 315–325. PDF (1.8M)

Heckert, A.B., Lucas, S.G., Rinehart, L.F. and Hunt, A.P. 2008, A new genus and species of sphenodontian from the Ghost Ranch Coelophysis Quarry (Upper Triassic: Apachean), Rock Point Formation, New Mexico, USA: Palaeontology, vol.51/4, pp. 827–845. PDF (1.6M)

Minter, N.J., Lucas, S.G., Lerner, A.J and Braddy, S. J. 2008, Augerinoichnus helicoidalis, a new helical trace fossil from the nonmarine Permian of New Mexico: Journal of Paleontology, vol.82, pp.1201–1206. PDF (4.7M)