Ross MacPhee

Ross MacPhee has always loved dirt. It means the opportunity to find lost things—from bones and teeth to pirate treasures. They're clues to the history of our planet. In college, Ross became interested in evolution and fossils. At a dig he found fossils of extinct mammals in caves. This sparked a lifelong interest in the extinction of large mammals during the last ice age. As a paleontologist, he's researched fossils across the globe.

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