Shelf Life 13: Nothing But the Tooth

“We found enough on that first expedition to really excite us, and ever since we’ve been going back to the Gobi.”

Mike Novacek, Curator, Division of Paleontology

What does it take to describe a new genus, or two, of ancient mammal ancestors? Paleontologists Mike Novacek and Paúl Velazco explain why dental detective work is a big part of the job.