Darla Zelenitsky

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Darla has a well-established research record on fossil eggshells, especially those of theropods but also from a variety of dinosaurs and other reptiles. She holds a BSc from the University of Manitoba and a MSc and PhD from the University of Calgary, earning her doctoral status in 2004. Her graduate studies and subsequent Alberta Ingenuity Fellowship with Phil focused on dinosaur eggshell with comparisons to living reptiles, including fossilized eggs still inside dinosaur skeletons. She was involved in the research team that first recognized evidence of feathers in dinosaurs in North America, and is now an Associate Professor at University of Calgary.



Pu, H.Y., Zelenitsky, D.K., Lü, J.C., Currie, P.J., Carpenter, K., Xu, L., Koppelhus, E.B., Jia, S.H., Xiao, L., Chang, H.L., Li, T.R., Kundrát, M., and Shen, C.Z. 2017. Perinate and eggs of a giant caenagnathid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of central China. Nature Communications 8: 14952. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14952

Zelenitsky, D.K., Therrien, F., Tanaka, K., Currie, P.J., and Debuhr, C. 2017. Latest Cretaceous eggshell assemblage from the Willow Creek Formation (upper Maastrichtian-lower Paleocene) of Alberta, Canada reveals higher dinosaur diversity than represented by skeletal remains. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 54(2): 134–140. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2016-0080

Zelenitsky, D.K., Modesto, S.P., and Currie, P.J. 2002. Bird-like characteristics of troodontid theropod eggshell. Cretaceous Research 23: 297–305. DOI: 10.1006/cres.2002.1010

Zelenitsky, D.K., Carpenter, K., and Currie, P.J. 2000. First record of elongatoolithid theropod eggshell from North America: the Asian oogenus Macroelongatoolithus from the Lower Cretaceous of Utah. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 20: 130–138. DOI: 10.1671/0272-4634(2000)020[0130:FROETE]2.0.CO;2

Forster, J.S., Currie, P.J., Davies, J.A., Siegele, R., Wallace, S.G., and Zelenitsky, D.K. 1996. Elastic recoil detection (ERD) with extremely heavy ions. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 113: 308–311. DOI: 10.1016/0168-583X(95)01392-X

Zelenitsky, D.K., Hills, L.V., and Currie, P.J. 1996. Parataxonomic classification of ornithoid eggshell fragments from the Oldman Formation (Judith River Group; Upper Cretaceous), southern Alberta. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 33: 1655–1667. DOI: 10.1139/e96-126