Our ScientistsDavid Eberth, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Sedimentary Geology and Palaeoecology Research

David Eberth

David Eberth studies ancient environments of fossil-bearing rocks, and participates in projects that take him throughout the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, China, Mongolia, and Canada. His specialties include stratigraphy and sedimentology, chronostratigraphy (the age of the rocks), and taphonomy (influences on preservation and fossilization). Dave also has a deep interest in bonebeds - accumulations of fossils from more than one individual - and what they reveal about palaeobiology, ancient environments and ecosystems. His research not only sheds light on what the Earth's ancient environments were like, but more importantly, how they changed through time and, thus, what the future may hold for us.

Contact Information

Toll free in Alberta:
310-0000 then (403) 823-7707

Toll free in North America
(outside Alberta):
1-888-440-4240

Outside North American:
1-403-823-7707

Email: david.eberth@gov.ab.ca

Current Research

Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Stratigraphy and Environments of Alberta.
The goal of this research is to develop an understanding of the age and environments of dinosaur bearing rock formations in Alberta using radiometric dating and sequence stratigraphy. These data will be used to calibrate comparisons of Alberta dinosaur faunas and ecosystems with those of similar age across North America, and elsewhere. This will help identify variations in dinosaur faunas and environments through time and space. Part of this research focuses on the nature of dinosaur extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous.
Fieldwork: southern Alberta

Middle Jurassic to Late Cretaceous Dinosaur Environments of Northern China and Southern Mongolia.
This project will build a better understanding of Asian dinosaur environments and help compare dinosaur environments and ecosystems from around the world. These comparisons will help identify influences on terrestrial faunal evolution and ecological change during the Middle and Late Mesozoic Era.
Fieldwork: Junggar Basin; Central Mongolia; Inner Mongolia

Origin and Significance of Dinosaur Bonebeds.
This research involves the excavation and assessment of dinosaur bonebeds as sources of data about dinosaur environments, behaviour, ecology, and preservation.
Fieldwork: Southern Alberta, Utah, Mexico, Junggar Basin, Gobi Desert.

Evolution-Creation Controversy
The goal of this academic research project is to better understand the social and political forces behind the current challenges on science literacy and science education in North America.

Recent Publications

Eberth, D.A., 2010. Ceratopsians: A Review of Paleoenvironmental Associations and Taphonomy. In, Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B, and Eberth, D.A., eds. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsian Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, September 2007. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, p. 428–446.

Currie, P.J., and Eberth, D.A., 2010. On the paleobiological significance of the Albertosaurus Bonebed. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47: 1277-1289.

Eberth, D.A., Brinkman, D.B., Barkas, V., 2010. A centrosaurine mega-bonebed from the Upper Cretaceous of southern Alberta: Implications for behaviour and death events. In, Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B, and Eberth, D.A., eds. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsian Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, September 2007. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, p. 495–508.

Eberth, D.A. and Currie, P.J., 2010. Stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy of the Albertosaurus Bonebed (upper Horseshoe Canyon Formation; Maastrichtian), southern Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 47: 1119-1143.

Loewen, M.A., Sampson S.D., Lund, E.K., Farke, A.A., Aguillón-Martínez, M.C., de Leon, C.A., Rodríguez de la Rosa, R.A., Getty, M.A., Eberth, D.A. 2010. Horned dinosaurs (ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Cerro del Pueblo Formation, Coahuila, Mexico. In, Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B, and Eberth, D.A., eds. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsian Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, September 2007. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, p. 99–116.

Ryan, M.J., Eberth, D.A., Brinkman, D.B., Currie, P.J., and Henderson, D.M., 2010. A new Pachyrhinosaurus-like ceratopsian from the Upper Dinosaur Park Formation (Late Campanian) of Southern Alberta, Canada. In, Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B, and Eberth, D.A., eds. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsian Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, September 2007. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, p. 141–155.

Ryan, M.J., Chinnery-Allgeier, B, and Eberth, D.A., editors. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Ceratopsian Symposium at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, September 2007. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, 624 pp.

Eberth, D.A., 2010. A revised stratigraphic architecture and history for the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Southern Alberta Plains. AAPG ICE Conference, September 2010, Calgary. Abstract 812737 in Conference Abstracts Volume.

Eberth, D.A., 2010. A revised stratigraphic architecture and history for the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Southern Alberta Plains. Canadian Society of Petroleum Geology, Joint Annual Convention, Calgary.

Britt, B.B., Eberth, D.A., Scheetz, R.D., Greenhalgh, B.W., and Stadtman K.L., 2009. Taphonomy of debris-flow hosted dinosaur bonebeds at Dalton Wells, Utah (Lower Cretaceous, Cedar Mountain Formation, USA), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 280: 1-22. doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2009.06.004

Eberth, D.A., Badamgarov, D., and Currie, P.J., 2009. The Baruungoyot-Nemegt transition (Upper Cretaceous) at the Nemegt type area, Nemegt Basin, South-Central Mongolia. Journal of the Paleontological Society of Korea, 25: 1-15.

Eberth, D.A., Kobayashi,Y., Lee, Y.-N., Mateus, O., Therrien, F., Zelenitsky, D.K., and Norell, M.A., 2009. Assignment of Yamaceratops dorngobiensis and associated redbeds at Shine Us Khudag (Eastern Gobi, Dorngobi Province, Mongolia) to the redescribed Javkhlant Formation (Upper Cretaceous). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 29: 295-302.

Xu, X., Clark, J.M., Mo, J., Choiniere, J., Forster, C.A., Erickson, G.M., Hone, D.W.E., Sullivan, C., Eberth, D.A., Nesbitt, S., Zhao, Q., Hernandez, R., Jia, C.-K., Han, F.-L., and Guo, Y., 2009. A Jurassic ceratosaur from China helps clarify avian digital homologies. Nature, 459(18): 940–944. doi:10.1038/nature08124.

Currie, P.J., and Eberth, D.A., in press (submitted in 2009). On the paleobiological significance of the Albertosaurus Bonebed. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Eberth, D.A. and Currie, P.J., in press (submitted in 2009). Stratigraphy, sedimentology, and taphonomy of the Albertosaurus Bonebed (upper Horseshoe Canyon Formation; Maastrichtian), southern Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

Xu, X., Clark, J.M., Forster, C.A., Norell, M., Erickson, G.M., Eberth, D.A., Jia, C-K., and Zhao, Q., in press. A basal tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China. Nature.

Eberth, D.A., Brinkman, D.B., Shannon, M., in press. A bonebeds database: classification, biases, and patterns of occurrence. In,Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance. Edited by, R.R. Rogers, D.A. Eberth, and A.R. Fiorillo. University of Chicago Press.

Rogers, R.R., Eberth, D.A., and Fiorillo, A.R., in press. A Practical Approach to the Study of Bonebeds. In Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance. Edited by, R.R. Rogers, D.A. Eberth, and A.R. Fiorillo. University of Chicago Press.

Eberth, D.A., Britt, B.B., Scheetz, R., Stadtman, K.L., Brinkman, D.B., in press. Dalton Wells, Geology and Significance of debris-flow-hosted dinosaur bonebeds (Cedar Mountain Formation, eastern Utah, USA). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Paleoecology.

Eberth, D.A., 2005. The Geology. In Dinosaur Provincial Park: A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed. Edited by, P.J. Currie and E.B. Koppelhus. Indiana University Press, pp. 54-82.

Eberth, D.A. and Currie, P.J., 2005. Vertebrate taphonomy and taphonomic modes. In Dinosaur Provincial Park: A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed. Edited by, P.J. Currie and E.B. Koppelhus. Indiana University Press, pp. 453-477.

Eberth, D.A., and Getty, M.A., 2005. Ceratopsian bonebeds: Occurrence, origins, and significance. In Dinosaur Provincial Park: A Spectacular Ancient Ecosystem Revealed. Edited by, P.J. Currie and E.B. Koppelhus. Indiana University Press, pp. 501-536.

Eberth, D.A., Delgado-de Jesús, C.R., Lerbekmo, J.F., Brinkman, D.B., Rodríguez -de la Rosa, R.A., Sampson, S.D., 2004. Cerro del Pueblo Fm (Difunta Group, Upper Cretaceous), Parras Basin, southern Coahuila, Mexico: reference sections, age and correlation. Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geologicas, 21: 335-352.

Brinkman, D.B., Russell, A.P., Eberth, D.A., and Peng, Jianghua, 2004. Vertebrate palaeocommunities of the lower Judith River Group (Campanian) of southeastern Alberta, Canada, as interpreted from vertebrate microfossil assemblages. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Paleoecology, 213: 295-313.

Straight, W.H., Barrick, R.E., and Eberth, D.A., 2004. Reflections of surface water, seasonality and climate in stable oxygen isotopes from tyrannosaurid tooth enamel. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Paleoecology, 206: 239-256.

Rodríguez-de la Rosa, R.A., Aguillón-Martínez, M.C., López-Espinoza, J., Eberth, D.A. 2004. The fossil record of vertebrate tracks in Mexico. Ichnos, 11: 27-37.

Chin, K., Eberth, D.A., Schweitzer, M.H., Rando, T.A., Sloboda, W.J. and Horner, J.R. 2003. Remarkable preservation of undigested muscle tissue within a Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurid coprolite from Alberta, Canada. Palaios, 18: 287-293.

Coria, R.A., Currie, P.J., Eberth, D.A., and Garrido, A., 2002. Bird footprints from the Anacleto Formation (Late Cretaceous), Neuquen, Argentina. Ameghiniana, 39: 453-463.

Straight, W.H. and Eberth, D.A., 2002. Testing the utility of vertebrate remains in recognizing patterns in fluvial deposits: An example from the lower Horseshoe Canyon Formation, Alberta. Palaios, 17: 472-490.

Eberth, D.A., Brinkman, D.B., Chen, P.J., Yuan, F.T., Wu, S.Z., Gang, L., and Cheng, X.S. 2001: Sequence stratigraphy, paleoclimate patterns and vertebrate fossil preservation in Jurassic-Cretaceous strata of the Junggar Basin, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, People's Republic China. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 38: 1627-1644.

Ryan, M.J., Russell, A.P., Eberth, D.A., Currie, P.J. 2001. The taphonomy of a Centrosaurus (Ornithischia: Ceratopsidae) bonebed from the Dinosaur Park Formation (Upper Campanian), Alberta, Canada, with comments on cranial ontogeny. Palaios, 16: 482-506.

Eberth, D.A., Berman, D.S, Sumida S.S., Hopf, H., 2000. Lower Permian terrestrial paleoenvironments and vertebrate paleoecology of the Tambach Basin (Thuringia, central Germany). Palaios, 15: 293-313.

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