The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers, and the Marvelous Subterranean World Beneath our Feet

Marriott Conference Center A

Sunday, 5:00-5:45

What is the best way to survive when the going gets tough? Hiding underground. From penguins to dinosaurs, trilobites, and humans, Anthony Martin reveals the subterranean secret of survival and this fascinating, hidden world that will continue to influence and transform life on this planet.


Anthony J. Martin

Anthony J. Martin, a professor at Emory University, is a paleontologist, a geologist, and one of the world's most accomplished ichnologists . He is the co-discoverer of the first known burrowing dinosaur, found the oldest dinosaur burrows in the geologic record, and documented the best assemblage of polar dinosaur tracks in the Souther Hemisphere. He is the author of two textbooks on dinosaurs, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast and Dinosaurs Without Bones. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.


Christy Visaggi

Christy C. Visaggi, lecturer and paleontologist at Georgia State University, specializes in studying the evolution of ecological interactions, particularly among predator-prey relationships in the fossil record and modern marine environments. Her experiences include work at the Paleontological Research Institution and Calvert Marine Museum, and field research in the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, and Argentina, as well as for the National Park Service and across the U.S. Visaggi is passionate about sharing her love of science, and has received awards as an educator, mentor, and early career researcher. Funding for her efforts include support from the Paleontological Society, Geological Society of America, Association for Women Geoscientists, Ford Foundation, National Geographic, and National Science Foundation.