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Stephen Rowland

Professor of Geology

Expertise: Geology of Southern Nevada, History of Geology, Paleoecology, Paleontology, Stratigraphy

About

Steve Rowland studies the history of life on Earth as recorded in the fossil record, particularly the paleontology of Southern Nevada and adjacent regions. His research ranges from the earliest (late pre-Cambrian) animal fossils, to Jurassic dinosaur tracks (and those of co-existing animals) in Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire State Park, to Ice-Age fossils of the Tule Springs area. His history of geology research focuses on 18th century Russia as well as the history of the relationship between geology and religion in American history—especially as recorded in the writings of Thomas Jefferson and Mark Twain. 


Stephen Rowland In The News

Dec 7, 2018

Fossilized reptile prints older than any dinosaur were recently discovered in the Grand Canyon.

Dec 3, 2018

When you’re out hiking, you never know what you might see. You could cross paths with lizards, tarantulas or maybe even something bigger like a javelina. More likely, you’ll also come across the tracks of these critters.

Nov 27, 2018

When you’re out hiking, you never know what you might see. You could cross paths with lizards, tarantulas or maybe even something bigger like a javelina. More likely, you’ll also come across the tracks of these critters.

Nov 26, 2018

Long before the Grand Canyon formed, a primitive reptile the size of a baby alligator skittered sideways across the wet sand of an impossibly ancient coastal plain.

Articles Featuring Stephen Rowland

Nov 8, 2018
Research

UNLV geologist investigating 310 million-year-old fossil trackway from ancient reptilian creature.


students excavate a tusk
Nov 13, 2015
Research

UNLV paleontologists recover mammoth fossils northwest of Las Vegas.


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