Flynn, John J. (John Joseph), 1955-

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Frick Curator of Fossil Mammals, Division of Paleontology; Principal Investigator, Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics; Dean and Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Author of more than 110 scientific publications, Dr. John Flynn's research focuses on the evolution of mammals and Mesozoic vertebrates, geological dating, plate tectonics, and biogeography. He has led almost 50 paleontological expeditions, supported by NSF, National Geographic, NASA, etc. In 2001 Flynn received a Guggenheim Fellowship for a year of research in South America and has served as President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. With a specialty in mammalian paleontology and paleomagnetism, Flynn has spent his career searching for important new fossil mammal localities, as well as developing better ways to read the age of rocks and fossils, leading to more accurate geological time scales. (source: AMNH website, accessed August 26, 2020)


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