David Burnham

  • Preparator - Vertebrate Paleontology

Contact Info

Dyche Hall
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Ph.D. in Department of Geology, University of Kansas, 2007
M.S. in Department of Geology, University of New Orleans, 1991
B.S. in Department of Geology, University of New Orleans, 1987


Current Academic Appointments

2010, 2014: Geology Special Faculty, University of Kansas

1998 to Present: Vertebrate Paleontology Preparator, University of Kansas, Biodiversity Institute

Previous Academic Appointments

2013: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Ambassador, Midwest area for dinosaurs and birds

1999 to 2005: Adjunct Curator, Florida Institute of Paleontology, Graves Museum, Dania Beach, FL

1991 to 1994: Curator of Fossil Reptiles, Black Hills Institute of Geological Research, Hill City, SD

Selected Publications

DePalma, R. A., Burnham, D. A., Martin, L.D., Rothschild, B.M., Larson, P. 2013. Physical evidence of predatory behavior in Tyrannosaurus rex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 110 (31) 12560-12564.

Gong, E., Martin, L. D., Burnham D. A., Falk A. R. and Hou, L. 2012. A new species of Microraptor from the Jehol Biota of northeastern China. Palaeoworld (21) 2 81 – 91.

Zheng, X., Martin, L.D., Zhou, Z., Burnham, D.A., Zhang, F., and Miao, D.  2011.  Fossil evidence of avian crops from the Early Cretaceous of China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 108 (38) 15904-15907.

Gong, E., Martin, L. D., Burnham D. A., and Falk A. R. 2011. Evidence for a venomous Sinornithosaurus. Paläontologische. Zeitschrift, vol. 85, Issue 1:109-111.

Burnham, D., Feduccia, A., Martin, L., and Falk, A. 2011. Climbing—a fundamental avian adaptation. Journal of Systematic Paleontology, Vol. 9, Issue 1:103.

Alexander, D.E., Gong, E., Martin, L.D., Burnham, D.A., Falk, A.R. 2010. Reply to Brougham and Brusatte: Overall anatomy confirms posture and flight model offers insight into the evolution of bird flight. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 10:1073.

Alexander, D., Martin, L., Burnham, D. and Falk, A. 2010. Model tests of gliding with different hindwing configurations in the four-winged dromaeosaurid Microraptor gui. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107 (7), pp.  2972-2976.

Enpu Gong, Larry D. Martin, David A. Burnham, and Amanda R. Falk. 2010. The birdlike raptor Sinornithosaurus was venomous. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 107 (2), pp. 766-768.

Burnham, D. 2008. A review of the Early Cretaceous Jehol Group of northeastern China and a revision of the origin of flight paradigm. Oryctos 7, p. 27-43.

Burnham, D. 2007. Archaeopteryx–a re-evaluation suggesting an arboreal habitat and an intermediate stage in trees down origin of flight. Neus Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, Abhandlungen, vol. 245/1, p.33-44.

Burnham, D. 2004. Chapter 4: New Information on Bambiraptor feinbergi (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridae) from the Late Cretaceous of Montana; pp. 67-111; in: P. Currie, E. Koppelhus, M. Shugar and J. Wright. (eds.) Feathered DragonsIndiana University Press, Bloomington.

Burnham, D., Derstler, K. Currie, P., Bakker, R., Zhou, Z. and Ostrom, J. 2000. Remarkable New Birdlike Dinosaur (Theropoda: Maniraptora) from the Upper Cretaceous of Montana. The University of Kansas Paleontological Contributions, No. 13, 14 pp.