Dinosaur Discoveries in North America

Famous Paleontologists from North America

Who is Jim Kirkland?

James Kirkland (1954–) is an American paleontologist and geologist who has worked extensively with dinosaur fossils from the southwestern United States. He is responsible for discovering new and important genera; for example, in 1991, Kirkland found the first skeleton of Utahraptor, a large dromaeosaurid with long foot claws, in the Gaston Quarry, Utah. He currently is an adjunct professor of geology at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is also a research associate at the Denver Museum of Natural History in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, as well as official Utah State Paleontologist for the Utah Geological Survey.


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