Mark’s interest in paleontology was sparked as a child by seeing dinosaur footprints at his local museum in Australia. This ignited a passion for earth science that later led him to becoming a successful field geologist in a worldwide career of mineral exploration spanning 20+ years. His interests in using mineral exploration techniques to find dinosaurs resulted in his travels to Malta, Montana where he joined the local museum’s searches and was present through the finding and uncovering ‘Leonardo’, the world’s best preserved dinosaur.
Mark co-authored the first scientific paper describing ‘Leonardo’ and was instrumental in developing initial theories exploring the extensive soft-tissue preservation of the specimen. He has since played a key role in the discovery, excavation, preparation and study of other dinosaurs from the Malta area of Montana including ‘Julieraptor’ and ‘Roberta’.
His enthusiasm for science and the ‘Leonardo’ discovery is communicated in a passionate way, making Mark an in-demand public speaker on the subject and performing presentations and lectures around the world.
Mark is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, the Society of Economic Geologists, the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology and the National Speakers Association of Australia. He is an Author and Editorial Board Member for the award winning reference works ‘Encyclopaedia of Anthropology’ and ‘Encyclopaedia of Time’.
He is a director of a mineral exploration company Talga Gold Ltd and lives in Western Australia with his wife and two children.
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