Vince Schneider

Research Curator, Paleontology
vince.schneider@naturalsciences.org

11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
919-707-9939

Education

  • B.A. in 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.


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Zanno, L.E., Drymala, S., Nesbitt, S.J., Schneider, V. 2015. Early crocodylomorph increases top predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs. Scientific Reports 5:9276 doi:10.1038/srep09276. http://www.nature.com/srep/2015/150319/srep09276/full/srep09276.html
  • Gaffney, E. S., Hooks, G.G., III, and V.P. Schneider. 2009. New material of North American side-necked turtles (Pleurodira: Bothremydidae). American Museum Novitates. No. 3655: 1-26. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/handle/2246/5974
  • Zanno, L.E., Drymala, S., Nesbitt, S.J., Schneider, V. 2015. Early crocodylomorph increases top predator diversity during rise of dinosaurs. Scientific Reports 5:9276 doi:10.1038/srep09276
  • Heckert, A. B., Schneider, V.P., Fraser, N.C., and R.A. Webb. 2015. A new aetosaur (Archosauria, Suchia) from the Upper Triassic Pekin Formation, Deep River Basin, North Carolina, USA and its implications for early aetosaur evolution. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
  • Heckert, A. B., Mitchell, J.S., Schneider, V.P., and P. Olsen. 2012. Diverse new microvertebrate assemblage from the Upper Triassic Cumnock Formation, Sanford Subbasin, North Carolina, USA. Journal of Paleontology. 86(2):368-390.
  • Gaffney, E. S., Hooks, G.G., III, and V.P. Schneider. 2009. New material of North American side-necked turtles (Pleurodira: Bothremydidae). American Museum Novitates. No. 3655: 1-26.
  • Russell, D.A., Rich, F.J., Schneider, V., and J. Lynch-Stieglitz. 2009. A warm thermal enclave in the Late Pleistocene of the South-eastern United States. Biological Review, 8: 173-202.
  • Schneider, V.P., Fierstine, H.L. 2004. Fossil Tuna Vertebrae Punctured by Istiophorid billfishes. J. Vertebrate Paleontology 24(1): 253-255.
  • Purdy, R.W., Schneider, V.P., Applegate, McLellan, J., Meyer, R., Slaughter, B. 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

Abstracts

  • Nesbitt, S., Schneider, V., Irmis, R.B., Zanno, L.,and J. Clarke. 2014. The early evolution of Crocodylomorpha: nearly complete skeletons from the Late Triassic of North Carolina demonstrate conservation in the early body plan of a successful clade. Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Abstracts with Program, 46(3): p.22.
  • Heckert, A. B., Schneider, V., Sload, E.J., Olsen, P., and Philip Huber. 2014. Tiny Triassic fish from the Newark Supergroup: what do small sharks and little lungfish say about paleoenvironments of North America’s Trassic Rift Basins. Geological Society of America Southeastern Section Abstracts with Program, 46(3): p.21.
  • Heckert, A., Schneider, V., Fraser, N., and R Webb. 2012. The aetosaur (Archosauria: Suchia) fauna of the Upper Triassic Pekin (Newark Supergroup), Deep River Basin, North Carolina USA, and its implications for the phylogeny and biostratigraphy of aetosaurs. North Carolina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33 (supplement to No. 3): p.141.
  • Schneider, V., Heckert, A.B., and N. Fraser. 2011. Diversity of aetosaurs in the Upper Triassic Pekin Formation (Deep River Basin), North Carolina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31 (supplement to No. 3): p. 188.


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