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Mr Evan Saitta

Mr Evan Saitta

Mr Evan Saitta

Geology (PhD)

Area of research

The taphonomy of soft tissues and the evolution of feathers



Born in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Has eight summers of field experience excavating Late Jurassic dinosaurs in Montana, USA, and Late Cretaceous dinosaurs with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada, as well as many years of prep-lab experience. Attended Princeton University from 2010-2014, earning a bachelors degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Adviser: Dr. James Gould). Undergraduate thesis was entitled "Paleobiology of North American stegosaurs: Evidence for sexual dimorphism". Masters thesis in Palaeobiology at the University of Bristol in 2015 was entitled "The taphonomy of keratin in archosaurs" (Adviser: Dr. Jakob Vinther).


Teaching assistant for the following courses:

"Evolution of the Biosphere"

"Environmental Geoscience: Climate and Ecology"

"Geology 1: Evolution of Earth and Life"



  • Non-avian dinosaurs
  • Soft tissue preservation in fossils and reconstruction
  • Sexual selection



School of Earth Sciences

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Mr Saitta currently teaches 4 courses:

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