My research focuses on the patterns of fossil mammal evolution over the past 25 million years, specifically the large herbivores (hoofed mammals), examining both change in anatomy through time, indicative of past behavior, and at changes in fossil community structure, indicative of past environments. Of special interest is the evolution of the North American Miocene savanna faunas, and how the mammalian communities can illuminate the transition from woodland to grassland habitats at that time.
I've wanted to be a paleontologist from an early age, triggered by being taken to see "Fantasia" at age 7. That was the year that I also started riding horses, so I attribute my career (as an ungulate [hoofed mammals] paleobiologist) to having outgrown neither the horse phase or the dinosaur phase.
CHRISTINE MARIE JANIS, PHD
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