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Selected Publications from the Department

Miyata, K. and Deméré, T.A. 2016.
New Material of a ‘Short-Faced’ Trogosus (Mammalia, Tillodontia) from the Delmar Formation (Bridgerian), San Diego County, California, USA. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36:e1089878.

Deméré, T.A. and B. Borce. 2015.
First report of early Miocene land mammals from the Red Rock Formation, southern Coyote Mountains, Imperial County, California. In: R. Wagner (ed.) Geology of the Coyote Mountains, Southern California. San Diego Association of Geologists 2015 Field Trip Guidebook. Sunbelt Publications, San Diego. pp. 89-94.

Racicot, R.A., Deméré, T.A., Beatty, B.L. and Boessenecker, R.W. 2014.
Unique feeding morphology in a new prognathous extinct porpoise from the Pliocene of California. Current Biology 24:774-779.

El Adli, J.J., Deméré, T.A. and Boessenecker, R.W. 2014.
Herpetocetus morrowi (Cetacea: Mysticeti), a new species of diminutive baleen whale from the Upper Pliocene (Piacenzian) of California, USA, with observations on the evolution and relationships of the Cetotheriidae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 170:400-466.

Roeder. M.A. 2012.
New records of fish from northern exposures of the Imperial Formation of Riverside County, California. In: R. Reynolds (ed.) Searching for the Pliocene: Southern Exposures. The 2012 Desert Symposium Field Guide and proceedings, California State University Desert Studies Consortium, p. 53-64.

Deméré, T.A., K.A. Randall, B.O. Riney, and S.A. Siren. 2013.
Discovery of remains of an extinct giant bison (Bison latifrons) in upper Pleistocene (Rancholabrean) fluvial strata in the San Luis Rey River Valley, San Diego County, California, USA. In: B.J. Olson (ed.) San Luis Rey on Display: geoscience in northern San Diego County. San Diego Association of Geologists 2013 Field Trip Guidebook. Sunbelt Publications, San Diego. pp. 123-144.

Ekdale, E.G., Berta, A. and Deméré, T.A. 2011.
The comparative osteology of the petrotympanic complex (ear region) of extant baleen whales (Cetacea: Mysticeti).PloS one, 6:e21311.

Mihlbachler, M.C. and Deméré, T.A. 2010.
Phylogenetic status of Metarhinus pater (Brontotheriidae: Perissodactyla) from Southern California and species variation in Metarhinus from the middle Eocene of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30:1229-1244.

DEMÉRÉ, T.A., M.R. McGowen, A. Berta, and J. Gatesy. 2008.
Morphological and molecular evidence for a stepwise evolutionary transition from teeth to baleen in mysticete cetaceans . Systematic Biology 57:15-37.

WALSH, S.L. 2008.
The Neogene: origin, adoption, evolution, and controversy. Earth Science Reviews 89:42-72.

WALSH, S.L. and J. E. Storer. 2008.
Cylindrodontidae; pp. 336-354 in C.M. Janis, G.F. Gunnell, and M.D. Uhen (eds.), Evolution of Tertiary Mammals of North America, Volume 2: Small Mammals, Xenarthrans, and Marine Mammals. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

DEMÉRÉ, T.A. and A. BERTA. 2005.
New skeletal material of Thalassoleon (Otariidae:Pinnipedia) from the late Miocene-Early Pliocene (Hemphillian) of California . Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 45(4): 379-411 (2.0 MB * PDF file) .

DEMÉRÉ, T.A. 2006. Chapter 2, The Imperial Sea: Marine Geology and Paleontology , Pp. 29-41. In G.T. Jefferson and L. Lindsay (eds.) Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Sunbelt Publications, Inc., San Diego, CA (1.3 MB * PDF file)

DEMÉRÉ, T.A. and N.S. RUGH. 2006. Chapter 3, Invertebrates of the Imperial Sea, Pp. 43-69. In G.T. Jefferson and L. Lindsay (eds.) Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Sunbelt Publications, Inc., San Diego, CA (.4 MB * PDF file) .

CASSILIANO, Michael L. 2002.
Revision of the Stratigraphic Nomenclature of the Plio-Pleistocene Palm Spring Group (New Rank), Anza-Borrego Desert, Southern California *, 30 April 2002. 30 p. illus., fold-out map. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History #38. (*1.5MB PDF file)

WALSH, Stephen L. 2000.
Bunodont artiodactyls (Mammalia) from the Uintan (Middle Eocene) of San Diego County, California. 30 September 2000. 27 p. illus. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History #37.

WALSH, Stephen L. 1998.
Notes on the Anterior Dentition and Skull of Proterixoides (Mammalia: Insectivora: Dormaaliidae), and a New Dormaaliid Genus from the Early Uintan (Middle Eocene) of Southern California. 31 January 1998. 26 p. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History #34.

WALSH, Stephen L. 1997.
New Specimens of Metanoiamys, Pauromys, and Simimys (Rodentia: Myomorpha) from the Uintan (middle Eocene) of San Diego County, California, and Comments on the Relationships of Selected Paleogene Myomorpha. 30 June 1997, 20 p. San Diego Society of Natural History #32.

BERTA, Annalisa & DEMÉRÉ, Thomas A. 1994.
Contributions in Marine Mammal Paleontology Honoring Frank C. Whitmore, Jr., 1 May 1994, 268 p. illus. Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History #29.

Case Studies about Local Finds

Recent Proboscidean Discoveries —September 2007 Webcast (with Adobe Presenter™)

A Thousand Words —July/August 2005

Fossil Insects and Crustaceans —December 2005

Excavation site in Oceanside reveals fossils of mammoth, mastodont, and tapir —August 2002

San Diego's Ancient Shorelines —June 2002

Silent Beaches: Ancient Lake Cahuilla and its geologic setting —June 2002

The Elusive Pliocene Rocky Shore —June 2002

Unusual Eocene Invertebrate Fossils Found in Oceanside —August 2001

Fossil Walrus Remains Found at Otay Ranch —October 2001

Baleen Whale Skeletons and Columbian Mammoth —October 2001

Skull of Giant Pliocene Sea Cow Discovered at Otay Ranch —May 2000

Fossil Snake Discovered—May 2000

Pliocene Era Whale Uncovered —February 2000

Pleistocene Mammal Discoveries —November 1999

SDNHM excavation: Pliocene Fossils —April 1999

Balboa Park: Pliocene Clams —May 1998

Chula Vista: fossil whale skull —March 1998

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