Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Patrick McMaster

Department / group: School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
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Research interests:

14C Dating
Cetacea (behavior, anatomy, taphonomy, paleontology, phylogeny.)

Career history:

(1.2021 – .) MSc(R), Earth Sciences. Where Do Whale Skeletons Come From?
University of Glasgow, G12GQQ. 0141330 2000

(9.2016 – 6.2020.) BSc, Archaeology & Earth Science. First Class Honours.
University of Glasgow, G12GQQ. 0141330 2000

Active research projects:

(Masters by Research) Where do Whale Skeletons Come From?

Cetacean skeletons are rarely preserved in geological time, and class as one of the least common paleontological objects. In The Forth Valley, Scotland, as many as seventeen mysticete whale skeletons have been discovered: more than the entirety of Europe, combined, for analogous/contemporaneous deposits (c. 10,000BP – 4,000BP.) The circumstances which caused them to accumulate in such an unprecedented environment, and at such a rapid rate, have never been explained. A range of physical processes (e.g. sedimentation) and environmental factors (e.g. salinity) require investigation, and eventual integration, into the regional isostasy-eustasy timeline.

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