I have loved the quirky side of nature from the day I discovered doodlebugs as a little girl in my Kentucky front yard. Years and miles later, when I came across the story of the prehistoric buzz-saw shark Helicoprion, I was captivated by its weirdness, dazzled by its extraordinary evolutionary experiment, and smitten by the stories of all the people who helped puzzle out its paleontology. Succumbing to the lure of an unusual tale waiting to be told, I bit. For this shark story, you don’t even have to go near the water.
As for my personal prehistoric timeline—in between stints working and exploring I graduated from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and after living in Alaska for a dozen or so years, moved to Montana in 1991. I like nothing better than to sneak away from my desk to watch the seasons come and go on the trails and rivers with my husband and dog.