R.C. Fox
Professor Emeritus
Mailing Address

Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2E9
Office Number: Z 408 Bio Sciences
Email address: richard.fox@ualberta.ca
Fax number: (780) 492-9234
Phone number: (780) 492-5491

Academic Degrees


AB: Hamilton College.
AM: State University of New York at Syracuse University.
PhD: The University of Kansas.

Areas of Involvement

Paleontology of the Lower Vertebrates
Paleontology of the Mammals
Mechanisms of Evolution
Historical Geology


Director, Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology (UALVP) and Curator of Fossil Tetrapods

Curator of Fossil Tetrapods in the Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology (UALVP)

Member of the Systematics and Evolution Research Group

Member, University Curators Committee

Member, University Collections Committee

Member, Museum Committee, Biological Sciences

Member, Awards Committee, Biological Sciences

Advisor, Paleontology Honors Program

  Professional Activities

Co-editor, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1996-1998

Member of numerous professional societies concerning evolution, systematics and paleontology

Frequent referee for journal articles, and for NSERC, NSF, and National Geographic research grant proposals in vertebrate paleontology

Member, Province of Alberta Paleontological Advisory Committee

Current Research Interests

  My research program is directed towards investigating Mesozoic and Paleocene mammalian history, although I also have interests in the evolution of other, non-dinosaurian Mesozoic tetrapods. My research and that of my students centers on specimen collections held by the UALVP, the results of a continuing field-collection program focussed on the uniquely rich fossiliferous Cretaceous and Paleocene strata of western Canada.
Selected Publications

Fox, R. C., Youzwyshyn, G. P. and D. W. Krause. 1992. Post-Jurassic mammal-like reptile from the Paleocene. Nature 358: 233-235.

Fox, R. C. 1993. The primitive dental formula of the Carpolestidae (Plesiadapiformes, Mammalia) and its phylogenetic implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 13: 516-524,

Fox, R. C. and G. P. Youzwyshyn. 1994. New primitive carnivorans (Mammalia) from the Paleocene of western Canada, and their bearing on relationships of the order. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14: 382-404.

Fox, R. C., Campbell, K. S. W., Barwick, R. E., and J. A, Long. 1995. A new osteolepiform fish from the Lower Carboniferous Raymond Formation, Drummond Basin, Queensland. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 38: 99-221.

Meng J. and R. C. Fox. 1995. Osseous inner ear structures and hearing in early marsupials and placentals. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 115; 47-71.

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