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Michael J. Polcyn

Michael J. Polcyn is a Senior Fellow of ISEM at SMU, Associate Research Professor (Adjunct) in the Huffington Department of Earth Sciences at SMU and past Chief Technology Officer (retired) of Intervoice Inc. Inventor with 24 U.S and numerous foreign patents, author of 60+ peer reviewed articles, and a founding member of <a href="http://PaleoAngola.org">Projecto PaleoAngola</a>. In addition to field-work in the U.S.A., Israel, Mongolia and most recently Angola, he established a digital visualization and 3-D printing laboratory at SMU. His current research is focused on systematics and morphological evolution of secondarily aquatic amniotes with an emphasis on Mesozoic marine reptiles.

Q&A: Sea Monsters in Our Ancient Oceans Were Strangely Familiar

Stunning fossils reveal that Angola's ancient ocean ecosystem was at once strange and familiar.