Research & Collections

Vincent Schneider

Curator of Paleontology

Vince.Schneider@naturalsciences.org
919.707.9939
B.A. (Biology), State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Research Interests

Vince’s research is on the evolution, systematics and ecology of late Triassic vertebrates, with an emphasis on the Southeastern Triassic. Triassic sediments were deposited about 220 million years ago when this area was part of the super continent Pangaea and located just north of the equator. The two main groups which he is interested in are the early archosaurs and the theraspids. The early archosaurs includes the aetosaurs, sphenosuchians, phytosaurs, rauisuchians and other assorted crocodilomorphs. He is currently working on a new sphenosuchian specimen which is shedding new light on our understanding on the evolution of these primitive crocodiles. The theraspids include the dicynodonts and the cynodonts, specifically the traversodonts. The cynodonts were the ancestors of the mammals. Many new and important fossils of these animals are being unearthed as part of his ongoing research, making the North Carolina Triassic one of the world’s significant Triassic faunas.

Vince has also done research on Cenozoic fish faunas from eastern North Carolina and turtles from the North Carolina Cretaceous.

Recent Publications

Publications

Heckert, Andrew B, Vince Schneider, Paul E. Olsen, and Jonathan S. Mitchell. 2008.  The Moncure Microinvertebrate Fauna (Upper Triassic: Norian), Colon Cross-Structure/Sanford Sub-Basin, North Carolina.  Geological Society of America; Southern Section, April 10-11, 2008. Charlotte. http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008SE/finalprogram/abstract_136659.htm

Mitchell, Jonathan S., Heckert, Andrew B, and Vince Schneider. 2008.  Heavy Liquid Separation Techniques for Microinvertebrate Fossils from a Newark Supergroup Deposit and Implications for other Sites.  Geological Society of America; Southern Section, April 10-11, 2008. Charlotte. http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2008SE/finalprogram/abstract_137217.htm

Heckert, Andrew, Vince Schneider, Paul Olsen, Sterling Nesbitt, and Jessica Camp.  2006.  A Diverse New Microvertebrate Fauna from the Upper Triassic (Revueltian: Norian) Cumnock Formation, Sanford Subbasin, North Carolina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 26, supplement to No. 3.

Nicholas Fraser, Andrew Heckert, Spencer Lucas, and Vincent Schneider.  2006.  The First Record of Coahomasuchus (Archosauria:Stagonolepididae) from the Carnian of Eastern North America.  Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Vol. 26, supplement to No. 3.

Heckert, Andrew, Vince Schneider, Paul Olsen, and Sterling Nesbitt.  2006.  A new microvertebrate fauna from the Upper Triassic (Revueltian: Norian) Cumnock Formation, Durham subbasin, North Carolina, USA.  Geological Society of America; Southern Section, March, 2006. Knoxville.  http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2006SE/finalprogram/abstract_101756.htm

Green, Jeremy, Vince Schneider, Mary Schweitzer, and Julia Clarke. 2005.  New Evidence for Non-Placerias Dicynodonts in the Late Triassic(  (Carnian-Norian) of North America.  J. Vertebrate Paleontology 25(supplement to 3).

Mickle, James E. and Vince Schneider. 2002. A Fossil Flora from the Pleistocene(?) of Southeastern North Carolina. Journal of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences 118(2) p. 120.

Olsen, Paul E., Schneider, Vincent, Sues, Hans-Dieter, Carter, Joe, & Peyer, Karin. Biotic Provinciality of the Late Triassic Equatoral Humid Zone. Geological Society of America; Southern Section, April 5-6, 2001. Raleigh. http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2001SE/finalprogram/abstract_4541.htm

Schneider, Vincent P. and Harry L. Fierstine.  2004.  Fossil Tuna Vertebrae Punctured by Istiophorid billfishes.  J. Vertebrate Paleontology 24(1): 253-255.

Purdy, Robert W., Vincent P. Schneider, Shelton Applegate, Jack McLellan, Robert Meyer, and Bob Slaughter. 2001. The Neogene Sharks, Rays, and Bony Fishes from the Lee Creek Mine, Aurora, North Carolina. In Calyton E. Ray and David J. Bohaska eds. Geology and Paleontology of the Lee Creek Mine, North Carolina III. Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology Number 90. Pp. 71-202. http://www.sil.si.edu/smithsoniancontributions/Paleobiology/pdf_hi/SCtP-0090.pdf