June 19, 2019
Tonight on PBS, "When Whales Walked" will air in the US at 9pm EST. This documentary features Dr. Evon Hekkala, our resident crocodile expert, assisted by my dive team and I in Vintany cave. The whole team is still in Madagascar for our 2019 expedition so we will miss the premiere, but we encourage others to see it on their big TVs without us. We, and anyone who misses the premiere, can see it on PBS.com or download it on iTunes anytime.
March 29, 2019
We are presenting some exciting news about the extinct species we've been finding in the caves. Specifically, the animals represented in two nearby caves are completely different from oneanother, and in Mitoho, we have discovered the remains of the largest mammalian predator ever known from Madagascar! Read more about it here:
predator and prey." Presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Conference, Cleveland OH.
June 27, 2018
There's still time to help us develop a museum in Madagascar! Every dollar counts. See our GoFundMe campaign here: MadaMuseum!
June 20, 2018
We've just returned from the first of two field seasons supported by our current National Science Foundation research grants. This year we recovered several species of birds, small mammals, and some living and extinct lemurs from caves where we had not found them previously. This expands our picture of the biodiversity in the area when these sites were formed. We also collected several stalagmites for paleoclimate reconstructions that will further advance our understanding of the ecosystem that once flourished here.
Top: Klukkert cradles a Pachylemur cranium in an underwater cave in the spiny desert in Southwest Madagascar. Photo credit P. Widmann; Bottom: Klukkert prepares underwater camera rig for collecting images to map the cave site. Photo credit A. Coffield-Feith.
In the News
Giant Lemur Graveyard |National Geographic Story of the Year
Giants from Madagascar's Past | The Washington Post
Field Reports/Blogs with our sponsors
Paleontology in the Flooded Caves of Madagascar | Shearwater
Madagascar: The Scientific Anomaly | Protec Dive Centers
Mahafaly Karst Exploration 2014 | XDEEP
Background image: Looking down into Aven cave, a sinkhole that formed when the ground fell into an cave underneath, now flooded with fresh water and filled with the bony remains from a by-gone era.