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Kevin Padian
– Ph.D. 1980, Yale University
Contact Information
Mailing address:
  University of California, Berkeley
  Museum of Paleontology
  1101 Valley Life Sci Bldg # 4780
  Berkeley, CA 94720-4780
  Office/Lab: 5099 VLSB
Phone and fax:
  Office Phone: (510) 642-7434
  Fax: (510) 642-1822
Padian lab page
IB Faculty Research page
Professor, Dept. of Integrative Biology (1980–present)
Curator of Paleontology, UC Museum of Paleontology, (1980–present)

Dr.Kevin Padian's research interests are united by an interest 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?” Read the interview with Dr. Padian to find out more.

Padian visits the Pt. Reyes shoreline to observe birds and ponder the evolution of flight. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Blair, National Geographic Magazine)

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“About thirty years ago there was much talk that geologists ought only to observe and not theorize; and I well remember someone saying that at this rate a man might as well go into a gravel-pit and count the stones and describe the colors...how odd it is that anyone would not see that all observation must be for or against some view, if it is to be of any service.”
– Charles Darwin, letter to Fawcett, 18 September 1861

Web sites
The official Marty Stuart website. Official music of the Padian Lab.
The Oakland A’s website. Official baseball team of the Padian Lab.

- Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Thomas Hardy.
- The French Lieutenant's Woman. John Fowles.
- Reinventing Darwin. Niles Eldredge.
- The Song of the Dodo. David Quammen.

- The Third Policeman. Flann O'Brien.

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