Transantarctic Vertebrate Paleontology Project
"The Transantarctic Vertebrate Paleontology Project involves the collection and study of Triassic to Jurassic age vertebrates from the southern Transantarctic Mountains near the Beardmore and Shackleton Glaciers, Antarctica. Augustana Geology professor William R. Hammer currently the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation grant supporting this research, has led seven vertebrate collecting expeditions to these regions since 1977." Most recently, Dr. Hammer led an expedition in 2003 and will return to Antarctica in December of 2010. Included among the taxa discovered is the theropod dinosaur Cryolophosaurus ellioti--the only one of its kind in the world--on display at Augustana's Fryxell Geology Museum.