Students in the anatomy and paleontology track receive structured training to equip
them for careers teaching medical gross anatomy, development, histology, and neuroanatomy.
Taking courses alongside the first-year medical students and progressing into teaching
assistantships, graduate students develop and hone their anatomical knowledge and
Train to teach human anatomy at the university, college or professional level, and
gain experience in vertebrate paleontology research under the guidance of a biomedical
sciences graduate faculty mentor. Students in the Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology
track can pursue a career teaching medical gross anatomy, development, histology and
"Our North American and Oklahoma fossil record has a lot to offer the world
in terms of our knowledge of these animals. Their evolutionary story is incredibly
interesting to us."
- Dr. Anne Weil, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Anatomy
Paleontological research at the OSU Center for Health Sciences spans the Mississippian
to the Recent, fossil bone microstructure to long-term patterns in paleobiodiversity
and turtles to mice. Faculty research interests are currently concentrated in Mammalia
Our vertebrate paleontology faculty members are actively building collections as a
part of their research. Field work beyond basic techniques is not required for graduate
projects, however Anatomy and Vertebrate Paleontology track students have the opportunity
to pursue field projects. We do not maintain a research collection at OSU but work
cooperatively with several institutions that do.
We have moved into expanded research labs, including space allowing comparative dissections,
fossil preparation and recovery, paleohistology, and 3-D image processing.
We have an active vertebrate paleontology volunteer program that assists on research projects and provides opportunities for student and faculty
Volunteers assist paleontology faculty, staff and graduate students on paleontological
research projects. Volunteers are essential in helping us collect the data we need
to answer questions about Earth’s ancient past.
Vertebrate paleontology volunteers are currently collecting data to help address scientific
questions about ancient ecosystem compositions, ecosystem response to climate change,
effective sampling techniques and geographic distributions of extinct species.