Crocodiles in Orange County? Student Researcher Shakes Up Fossil History

August 2016 graduate Michelle Barboza set out to study rocks as an undergraduate geology student and ended up with a paper on ancient crocodiles. Barboza discovered that crocodilians lived here much more recently than previous researchers had established — by almost 10 million years.

Today, that discovery has made Barboza the lead author of a research paper — her first paper ever — just months after graduating. She has since moved to Florida, where she is continuing her research in vertebrate paleontology as a graduate student at the University of Florida. Continue reading in the Orange County Register.

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