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Kevin Padian
Curator/Professor, Integrative Biology

Kevin Padian

Email: kpadian@berkeley.edu

Phone: (510) 642-7434

Web page: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/people/padian/home.php

His research: Kevin Padian is interested in how large-scale changes get started in evolution. He and his colleagues work to address questions such as "how did flight evolve?" and "how did dinosaurs walk?"

Why he loves his work: "That it's different every day (I always have new problems to work on). That I can work … all over the world. That there are great people in my field from all backgrounds. That we're learning cool stuff all the time. That you're part of a profession with an amazing historical legacy …. That you have to know something about a lot of different fields in order to do it properly. And that five-year-olds are as interested in what you do as you are."

Read more about Padian in his UCMP profile.

Read a transcript of Padian's testimony in the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial concerning the inclusion of intelligent design materials in high school biology classes.

Publications:

Lee, A.H., A.K. Huttenlocker, K. Padian, and H.N. Woodward. 2013. Analysis of growth rates. Chapter 8 (pp. 217-251) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K. 2013. Correcting some common misrepresentations of evolution in textbooks and the media. Evolution Education and Outreach, 6: 1-13.


Padian, K. 2013. Creator or creationist? Review of Christoph Imscher, Louis Agassiz: Creator of American Science. Nature, 493: 607.


Padian, K. 2013. Review of Forerunners of Mammals, edited by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33(5):1250-1251.


Padian, K. 2013. Review of Martin J.P. Davies, A Distant Prospect of Wessex: Archaeology and the past in the life and works of Thomas Hardy. The Hardy Review, 15 (1): 97-99.  Read it


Padian, K. 2013. Review of Rereading the Fossil Record, by David Sepkoski. Reports of the National Center for Science Education, 33 (3). Online at www.reports.ncse.com.


Padian, K. 2013. The problem of dinosaur origins: integrating three approaches to the rise of Dinosauria. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 103: 423-442 (for 2012).


Padian, K. 2013. Why Study the Bone Microstructure of Fossil Tetrapods? Chapter 1 (pp. 1-11) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.). 2013. Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Issues, methods, and databases. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K. and J.R. Horner. 2013. Misconceptions of sexual selection and species recognition: a response to Knell et al. and to Mendelson and Shaw. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 28:249-250.


Padian, K. and K. Stein. 2013. Evolution of growth rates and their implications. Chapter 9 (pp. 253-264) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K., E.-T. Lamm, and S. Werning. 2013. Selection of Specimens. Chapter 3 (pp. 35-54) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K., M. de Boef Miara, H.C.E. Larsson, L. Wilson, and T. Bromage. 2013. Research applications and integration. Chapter 10 (pp. 265-285) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Woodward, H.N., K. Padian, and A.H. Lee. 2013. Skeletochronology. Chapter 7 (pp. 195-215) In Padian, K. and E.-T. Lamm (eds.), Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods: Advancing Methods, Analysis, and Interpretation. University of California Press, Berkeley.


Padian, K. 2012. A bone for all seasons. Nature, 487: 310-311.


Padian, K. 2012. Review of Am I a Monkey? by Francisco Ayala. Priscum (Newsletter of the Paleontological Society), 19 (2): 17-18.


Padian, K. 2012. Review of Convergent Evolution, by George McGhee. Reports of the National Center for Science Education, 32 (3): 10.1-4.


Padian, K., and B. Fallon. 2012. Meta-analysis of reported pterosaur trackways: testing the correspondence between skeletal and footprint records. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 72nd annual meeting, Program and Abstracts: 153A.


Padian, K., and E.K. Burton. 2012. Dinosaurs and evolutionary theory. In J.O. Farlow and M.K. Brett-Surman (eds.), The Complete Dinosaur (2nd ed.). University of Indiana Press, Bloomington.


Padian, K. 2011. Phylogenetic distribution of ecological traits in the origin of bats. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):170A.  Read it


Padian, K. and J.R. Horner. 2011. The evolution of "bizarre structures" in dinosaurs: function, sexual selection, social selection, or species recognition? Journal of Zoology 283: 3-17.


Padian, K., and J.R. Horner. 2011. The definition of sexual selection and its implications for dinosaurian biology. Journal of Zoology 283: 23-27.  Read it


Lee, A.H., K. Padian, M.T. Taylor, M.J. Wedel, R.B. Irmis, and S. Werning. 2010. The universal temperature dependence model fails to predict body temperatures of mammals and dinosaurs. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2010 Annual Meeting: abstract 98.7.


Archibald, J.D., W. A. Clemens, K. Padian, T. Rowe, N. Macleod, P. M. Barrett, A. Gale, P. Holroyd, H.-D. Sues, N. C. Arens, J. R. Horner, G. P. Wilson, M. B. Goodwin, C. A. Brochu, D. L. Lofgren, S. H. Hurlbert, J. H. Hartman, D. A. Eberth, P. B. Wignall, P. J. Currie, A. Weil, G. V. R. Prasad, L. Dingus, V. Courtillot, A. Milner, A. Milner, S. Bajpai, D. J. Ward, and A. Sahni. 2010. Cretaceous Extinctions: Multiple Causes. Science. 328: 973


Padian, K. 2010. Evolutionary scales and hierarchies: Darwinian themes in the works of Thomas Hardy. In Rosemarie Morgan (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Hardy, pp. 217-233.


Padian, K. 2010. How to Win the Evolution War: Teach Macroevolution! Evolution Education and Outreach, 3: 206-214.


Padian, K., C. Li, and J. Pchelnikova. 2010. The trackmaker of Apatopus: early diversification of archosaur stance and gait. Palaeontology, 53: 175-189.


Padian, K., J.M. Mazin, and J.P. Billon-Bruyat. 2010. How pterosaurs landed and why they evolved from bipedal ancestors. Final Program and Abstracts, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2010 Annual Meeting.


de Ricqlès, A., and K. Padian. 2009. Quelques apports à la théorie de lévolution, de la "Synthèse orthodoxe" è la "Super synthèse évo-dévo" 1970-2009: un point de vue / Some contributions to evolutionary theory, from the "orthodox Synthesis" to the "Evo-devo Super synthesis" 1970-2009: a point of view. Comptes Rendus PalEvol 8:341-364.


Horner, J.R., A. de Ricqlès, K. Padian, and R.D. Scheetz. 2009. Comparative long bone histology and growth of the "hypsilophodontid" dinosaurs Orodromeus makelai, Dryosaurus altus, and Tenontosaurus tillettii (Ornithischia: Euornithopoda). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(3):734-747.


Knoll, F., K. Padian, and A. de Ricqlès. 2009. Ontogenetic change and adult body size of the early ornithischian dinosaur Lesothosaurus diagnosticus: Implications for basal ornithischian taxonomy. Gondwana Research, doi:10.1016/j.gr.2009.03.010


Mazin, J.-M., J.-P. Billon-Bruyat, and K. Padian. 2009. First record of a pterosaur landing trackway. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1161


Padian, K. 2009. "Confuciusornis." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 24 June 2009.  Read it


Padian, K. 2009. "Scutellosaurus." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 24 June 2009.  Read it


Padian, K. 2009. Birds. In Michael Ruse, Joe Travis, and Jason Zinser (eds.), A Companion to Evolution. Harvard University Press.


Padian, K. 2009. Comment on the proposed conservation of usage of Archaeopteryx lithographica von Meyer, 1861 (Aves) by designation of a neotype (Case 3390). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 66(4):1-2.


Padian, K. 2009. Darwin, Dover, and Intelligent Design. ArtefaCToS 2(1): 24-37. [artefactos.usal.es]


Padian, K. 2009. Dinosauromorph. Encyclopedia Brittanica.


Padian, K. 2009. Feathered dinosaurs. Encyclopedia Brittanica.


Padian, K. 2009. Introduction to Why Evolution Works (and Creationism Fails), by M. Young and P. K. Strode. Rutgers University Press, Piscataway, NJ.


Padian, K. 2009. Mystery ape: a call for taxonomic rigour. Nature 460: 684.


Padian, K. 2009. Review of Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds, by John Long and Peter Schouten. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:657-658.


Padian, K. 2009. Ten myths about Charles Darwin. BioScience 59:800-804.


Padian, K. 2009. The evolution of creationists in the United States: Where are they now, and where are they going? Comptes Rendus (Paris) Biologie 332:100-109.


Padian, K. 2009. Q&A: Kevin Padian. Current Biology 19 (17):R722-723.


Padian, K., and A. de Ricqlès 2009. L'origine et l'évolution des oiseaux: 35 années du progrès / The origin and evolution of birds: 35 years of progress. Comptes Rendus PalEvol 8:257-280.


Padian, K., and N. Matzke. 2009. Darwin, Dover, "Intelligent Design" and textbooks. Biochemical Journal 417:29-42.


Padian, K. 2008. Darwin's enduring legacy. Nature 451: 632-634.


Padian, K. 2008. How to get coverage of major evolutionary adaptive changes into textbooks and curricula. Final Program and Abstracts, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2005 Annual Meeting.


Padian, K. 2008. Improving evolution education. Geotimes 53: 59.


Padian, K. 2008. Review of Thomas Hardy and the Survivals of Time by Andrew Radford. The Hardy Review 10: 84-86.


Padian, K. 2008. The Early Jurassic pterosaur Campylognathoides Strand, 1928. Special Papers in Palaeontology 80: 65-107.


Padian, K. 2008. The Early Jurassic pterosaur Dorygnathus banthensis (Theodori 1830). Special Papers in Palaeontology 80: 1-64.


Padian, K. 2008. Trickle-down evolution: an approach to getting major evolutionary adaptive changes into textbooks and curricula. Integrative and Comparative Biology 48: 175-188.


Padian, K. 2008. Were pterosaur ancestors bipedal or quadrupedal?: Morphometric, functional, and phylogenetic considerations. Zitteliana 28B: 21-28.


Padian, K. 2008. Why do so many people not accept evolution? In M.J. Benton (ed.), Seventy Great Mysteries of the Natural World. Thames and Hudson, London.


Padian, K., and Cheng Li. 2008. The early evolution of archosaur stance and gait. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (3, suppl.): 124A.


Ricqlès, A. de., K. Padian, F. Knoll, and J.R. Horner. 2008. On the origin of rapid growth rates in archosaurs and their ancient relatives: complementary histological studies on Triassic archosauriforms and the problem of a "phylogenetic signal" in bone histology. Annales de Paleontologie 94: 57-76.


Brakora, K., and K. Padian. 2007. Quantification and phylogenetic correlation of sexual morphotypes in Bovidae (Mammalia). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27 (3, suppl.): 52A.


Faux, C.M., and K. Padian. 2007. The opisthotonic posture of vertebrate skeletons: post-mortem contraction or death throes? Paleobiology 33: 201-226.


Irmis, R.B., Nesbitt, S.J., Padian, K., Smith, N.D., Turner, A.H., Woody, D., and Downs, A. 2007. A Late Triassic Dinosauromorph Assemblage from New Mexico and the Rise of Dinosaurs. Science 317:358-361. (DOI: 10.1126/science.1143325)  Read it


Knoll, F., K. Padian, and A. de Ricqlès. 2007. The growth trajectory and adult size of Lesothosaurus diagnosticus (Dinosauria: Ornithischia): taxonomic implications. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(3, suppl.).


Padian, K. 2007. Dinosaurs digging deeper. Proceedings, Royal Society of London. B274 : 1359-1360.


Padian, K. 2007. How vertebrate palentologists can change the public understanding of evolution. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(3, suppl.): 127A.


Padian, K. 2007. Lessons Learned from the "Intelligent Design" Trial. Final Program and Abstracts, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2005 Annual Meeting.


Padian, K. 2007. Review of After the Dinosaurs, by D.R. Prothero. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 26 (6): 37.


Padian, K. 2007. Review of Dawn of the Dinosaurs, by Nicholas Fraser. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol 10, No 1.


Padian, K. 2007. Review of Lecointre and Le Guyader: The Tree of Life. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 26 (6): 39-40.


Padian, K. 2007. Richard Owen's Quadrophenia: The pull of opposing forces in Victorian cosmogony. Pp. 53-91, Introductory essay in R. Amundson (ed.), The Nature of Limbs, by Richard Owen. University of Chicago Press.


Padian, K. 2007. The case of creation. [Review of three books about the "intelligent design" trial in Dover, PA.] Nature 448: 253-254.


Padian, K., and K. Angielczyk. 2007. "Transitional forms" versus transitional features. Pp. 197-230 In Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism (ed. A.J. Petto and L. R. Godfrey). W.W. Norton & Co., New York.


A. de Ricqlès, K. Padian, F. Knoll, and J.R. Horner. 2006. On the origin of high growth rates in archosaurs and their ancient relatives: do histological characters reflect a phylogenetic signal? Abstracts of the 2nd International Paleontological Congress, June 17-21, Beijing, China (PST 96) Supplementary abstracts, page 563.


Billon-Bruyat, J-P., J-M. Mazin, and K. Padian. 2006. First record of a pterosaur landing trackway. 4th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Bern, abstracts, 22.


Goodwin, M. B., W. A. Clemens, J. R. Horner, and K. Padian. 2006. The smallest known Triceratops skull: New observations on ceratopsid cranial anatomy and ontogeny. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(1):103-112.  Read it


Padian, K. 2006. Pterosauria. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.


Padian, K. 2006. Review of The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone: Deciphering biology with fine-scale techniques, by Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan. Palaeontological Association Newsletter 60: 76-79.


Padian, K. 2006. The origin of flight in birds. In T.R. Holtz (ed.), The Random House Look-It-Up Book of Dinosaurs.


Padian, K. 2006. Tiktaalik roseae. Encyclopedia Brittanica (online edition).


Padian, K. 2006. Tyrannosaur. Encyclopedia Brittanica (online edition).


Padian, K., and K.P. Dial. 2006. Was there a "four-winged" transitional stage between dinosaurs and birds? Final Program and Abstracts, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 2006 Annual Meeting.


Padian, K., and P. Barrett. 2006. Dinosauria. McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, pp. 560-573.


Padian, K., J.R. Horner, and A. Lee. 2006. Sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs?: a review of the evidence. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25 (3, suppl.): 98A.


Ricqlès, A.J. de, J.R. Horner, and K. Padian. 2006. The interpretation of dinosaur growth patterns. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21: 596-597.


Main, R.P., A. de Ricqlès, J.R. Horner, and K. Padian. 2005. The evolution and function of thyreophoran scutes: Implications for plate function in stegosaurs. Paleobiology 31:293-316.


Padian, K., K. Dial. 2005. Could 'four-winged' dinosaurs fly? Nature 438:doi:10.1038/nature04354.