Lauren Conroy –
Like all objects of value, fossils are sometimes stolen and resold elsewhere. Sometimes such orphaned fossils retain telling trace evidence. Using MicroCT scans of tiny bones and sediment stuck to a small tyrannosaur skeleton, we prove the rare fossil was excavated in the Gobi Desert of Outer Mongolia.
[Keywords for this session: CT imaging, paleontology]
Lauren is currently the Research Manager/Graphic Artist for the Sereno Fossil Lab at the University of Chicago. Lauren accompanied Dr. Paul Sereno on Expeditions to Niger in 2011 and 2012. She worked on the 2014 reconstruction of Spinosaurus and the traveling National Geographic exhibit: Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous, as well as many other exhibits. She is also on the research team at the
Neubauer Collegium for the Niger Heritage Project. Lauren graduated with a Masters of Science in Biomedical Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 where she worked on endocast reconstructions and rapid prototyping of fossils.