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Karen

Karen E. Samonds

Dept. of Biological Sciences

Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL, USA 60115

Ph: +1 (815) 753-3201

Fax: +1 (815) 753-0461

Email: ksamonds[at]niu.edu

My research is focused on the origin and evolutionary history of Madagascar’s modern fauna, one of the most unique and endemic on the planet. How, when, and from where they arrived on the island has remained largely unknown due to a 65 million year gap in the fossil record that occurs precisely within the time period during which the modern vertebrate groups are hypothesized to have colonized the island. My research has sought to fill in this “gap” in a number of different ways.

I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University.

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