Our Upcoming Speaker

Note: During the COVID-19 Pandemic our meetings are being held using the Zoom web app. Invitations will be sent to members and visitors on request by email

MONDAY, August 2, 2021 AT 7:00 PM Central Time USA

Title: "Otodontids in Alabama: Insights into the Evolution of Megalodon"

Speaker: Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections, McWane Science Center

Abstract: Megalodon is the largest shark and largest predator that ever lived. In recent years megalodon has been popularized on television and in the movies, leading to an increase in the number of scientific studies on this fascinating shark. Join Jun Ebersole, Director of Collections at McWane Science Center, to learn about some of these recent megalodon studies and how fossils in Alabama are playing a key role in piecing together the unique evolutionary history of this shark.  


Selected Publications

Complete Ichthyornis skull illuminates mosaic assembly of the avian head

DJ Field, M Hanson, D Burnham, LE Wilson, K Super, D Ehret, ...

Nature 557, 96-100

A primitive hadrosaurid from southeastern North America and the origin and early evolution of ‘duck-billed’dinosaurs

A Prieto-Marquez, GM Erickson, JA Ebersole

Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36 (2), e1054495

An Overview of Late Cretaceous Vertebrates from Alabama.

T Ikejiri, JA Ebersole, HL Blewitt, SM Ebersole

Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History 31 (1), 46-71

Anatomy and Osteohistology of the Basal Hadrosaurid Dinosaur Eotrachodon from the uppermost Santonian (Cretaceous) of Southern Appalachia

A Prieto-Marquez, GM Erickson, JA Ebersole

PeerJ 4:e1872; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1872, 1-66

The occurrence of early Pleistocene marine fish remains from the Gulf Coast of Mobile County, Alabama, USA

JA Ebersole, SM Ebersole, DJ Cicimurri

Palaeodiversity 10 (1), 97-115


Asmodochelys parhami, a new fossil marine turtle from the Campanian Demopolis Chalk and the stratigraphic congruence of competing marine turtle phylogenies

AD Gentry, JA Ebersole, CR Kiernan

Royal Society open science 6 (12), 191950


A Note on Late Cretaceous Fish Taxa Recovered from Stream Gravels at Site AGr-43 in Greene County, Alabama.

CN Ciampagalio, DJ Cicimurri, JA Ebersole, KE Runyon

Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History 31 (1), 84-97


Occurrence of the megatoothed sharks (Lamniformes: Otodontidae) in Alabama, USA

DJ Ehret, JA Ebersole

PeerJ 2, 1-18


Late Cretaceous chimaeroids (Chondrichthyes: Holocephali) from Alabama, USA

DJ Cicimurri, JA Ebersole

PaleoBios 31 (2), 1-14


Taxonomy and biostratigraphy of the elasmobranchs and bony fishes (Chondrichthyes and Osteichthyes) of the lower-to-middle Eocene (Ypresian to Bartonian) Claiborne Group in …

JA Ebersole, DJ Cicimurri, GL Stringer

European Journal of Taxonomy 585, 1-247


Two new species of Pseudaetobatus Cappetta, 1986 (Batoidei: Myliobatidae) from the southeastern United States

DJ Cicimurri, JA Ebersole



The History of Late Cretaceous Vertebrate Research in Alabama.

JA Ebersole, LS Dean

Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History 31 (1), 3-45


A new species of Peritresius Leidy, 1856 (Testudines: Pan-Cheloniidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) of Alabama, USA, and the occurrence of the genus within the …

AD Gentry, JF Parham, DJ Ehret, JA Ebersole

PLoS ONE 13 (4), e0195651


Paleocene chimaeroid fishes (Chondrichthyes: Holocephali) from the eastern United States, including two new species of Callorhinchus.

DJ Cicimurri, JA Ebersole

PaleoBios 32, 1-29


A new species of Cretalamna sensu stricto (Lamniformes, Otodontidae) from the Late Cretaceous (Santonian-Campanian) of Alabama, USA

JA Ebersole, DJ Ehret

PeerJ, 1-30


Late Pleistocene fishes of the Tennessee River Basin: an analysis of a late Pleistocene freshwater fish fauna from Bell Cave (site ACb-2) in Colbert County, Alabama, USA.

SJ Jacquemin, JA Ebersole, WC Dickinson, CN Ciampaglio



Quantifying heterodonty in the late Devonian (Upper Famennian) sharks Cladoselache and Ctenacanthus from the Ohio Shale, USA.

SJ Jacquemin, DJ Cicimurri, JA Ebersole, M Jones, Z Whetstone, ...

PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 13 (1), 1-20


A late Miocene (Hemphillian) freshwater fish (Osteichthyes) fauna from Mobile County, Alabama, USA

JA Ebersole, SJ Jacquemin

Historical Biology, 1-14


Late Pleistocene Mammals of Alabama: A Comprehensive Faunal Review with 21 Previously Unreported Taxa

JA Ebersole, SM Ebersole

Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History 28, 1-66


First description of the fossil otolith-based sciaenid, Equetulus silverdalensis n. comb., in the Gulf Coastal Plain, USA, with comments on the enigmatic distribution of the …

G Stringer, J Ebersole, S Ebersole

PaleoBios 37, 1-12