Clint A. Boyd


Senior Paleontologist, Curator

(701) 328-8163
600 East Boulevard
Bismarck, ND 58505-0840

Job Description

Clint manages the paleontology program for the North Dakota Geological Survey and serves as curator of the North Dakota State Fossil Collection. His research activities focus on Eocene and Oligocene vertebrate faunas and the anatomy and systematic relationships of ornithischian dinosaurs.


2012: Ph.D. Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin
2005: B.S. Geology & Geophysics / Zoology (Double Major), University of Wisconsin-Madison


Boyd, C.A., 2021.  A Heavy Burden to Find a Tiny Lizard.  Geo News 48(2):13-15.

Boyd, C.A., 2021.  Pioneering Fossil Finds from North Dakota.  Geo News 48(1):14-17.

Boyd, C.A., 2019.  Public Fossil Digs Program Surges to Record Level.  Geo News 46(1):10-12.

Boyd, C.A., 2018.  A Pleasing Discovery from North Dakota's Ancient Seas.  Geo News 45(2):5-10.

Boyd, C.A., 2017.  Paleontological Tourism in North Dakota.  Geo News 44(2):20-23.

Boyd, C.A., 2017. A New Addition To The Cretaceous Seaway Of North Dakota. Geo News 44(1):20-23.

Boyd, C.A., and J.J. Person. 2016. New Additions To The Lancian Mammalian Fauna From Southwest North Dakota. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2016 Program and Abstracts).

Boyd, C.A., J.J. Person, and B. Barnes. 2016. New Additions To The Lancian Mammalian Fauna From Southwest North Dakota, Poster.

Person, J.J., and C.A. Boyd. 2016. New Paleontology Exhibits Opened Across North Dakota. Geo News 43(2):1-5.

Boyd, C.A., 2016. The Overlooked Marvelous Reptile. Geo News 43(1):2-6. 3:e1263

Boyd, C.A. 2015. Insight on the anatomy, systematic relationships, and age of the Early Cretaceous ankylopollexian dinosaur Dakotadon lakotaensis. PeerJ. 3:e1263

Boyd, C.A. 2015. In pursuit of early mammals by Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska. Quarterly Review of Biology. 90:207-208.

Clarke, J.A., and Boyd, C.A. 2015. Methods for the Quantitative Comparison of Molecular Estimates of Clade Age and the Fossil Record. Systematic Biology. 64(1):25-41.

Boyd, C.A. 2014. The cranial anatomy of the neornithischian dinosaur Thescelosaurus neglectus. PeerJ. 2:e669

Boyd, C.A., Weiler, M.W., Householder, M.L., and Schumaker, K.K. 2014. The diversity of cimolestan mammals within the White River Group of South Dakota and Nebraska. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 59(4):771-778.

Boyd, C.A., and Welsh, E. 2014. Description of the first Orellan fauna defined in Badlands National Park, Interior, South Dakota and implications for the stratigraphic position of the Bloom Basin Limestone Bed. Dakoterra. 6:124-147.

Boyd, C.A., Drumheller, S.K., and Gates, T.A. 2013. Crocodyliform feeding traces on juvenile ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Kaiparowits Formation, Utah. PLOS ONE. 8(2):e57605

Gates, T.A., Lund, E.K., Boyd, C.A., Getty, M.A., DeBlieux, D.D., Kirkland, J.I., and Evans, D.C. 2013. Ornithopod dinosaurs from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Region, Utah, and their role in paleobiogeographic and macroevolutionary studies. In: Titus, A., and Loewen, M.A. (Eds.), At the Top of the Grand Staircase: The Late Cretaceous in Utah. Indiana University Press. p. 463-481.

Ksepka, D.T., and Boyd, C.A. 2012. A new method for quantifying historical trends in the completeness of the fossil record and the contributing factors: an example using Aves. Paleobiology. 38(1):112-125.

Brown, C.M., Boyd, C.A., and Russell, A.P. 2011. A new basal neornithischian from the Frenchman Formation, Saskatchewan, Canada and its associated fauna: implications for Late Maastrichtian ornithischian diversity in North America. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 163(4):1157-1198.

Boyd, C.A., Cleland, T.P., and Novas, F. 2011. Osteogenesis, homology, and function of intercostal plates on ornithischian dinosaurs. Zoomorphology. 130(4):305-313.

Boyd, C.A., Cleland, T. P., Marrero, N. L., and Clarke, J. A. 2011. Exploring the effects of phylogenetic uncertainty and consensus trees on stratigraphic consistency scores: a new program and a standardized method proposed. Cladistics. 27(1):52-60.

Boyd, C.A., Brown, C.M., Scheetz, R., and Clarke, J.A. 2009. Taxonomic revision of the basal neornithischian taxa Thescelosaurus and Bugenasaura. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 29(3):758-770.

Clarke, J.A., Ksepka, D.T., Stucchi, M., Urbina, M., Giannini, N., Bertelli, S., Narváez, Y., and Boyd, C.A. 2007. Paleogene equatorial penguins challenge the proposed relationship between penguin biogeography, body size evolution, and Cenozoic climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 104(28):11545-11550.