Derek Main, the well-known director of Arlington's Archosaur site in far north Arlington, died Tuesday, less than a month after he graduated with his doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington.|
The cause of death is pending.
Dr. Main, who was a graduate student and lecturer at the UT Arlington, led many "dino digs" at the Archosaur site, a 2,000-acre piece of land near the Viridian housing development.
His doctoral dissertation was on the Appalachian Delta Plain Peleoecology of the Cretaceous Woodbine Foundation at the Arlington Archosaur Site North Texas.
Since 2008, Dr. Main and groups of enthusiastic students dug up rare fossils including prehistoric turtles, sharks, crocodiles and duck-billed dinosaurs.
The Archosaur site, which is in a flood plain, is owned by the Huffines Communities and is under development.
Dr. Main received his Master of Science in geology from UTA in 2005, according to the Shorthorn, the UTA campus newspaper.
Dr. Main taught earth history and dinosaurs and earth systems at UTA. He also taught courses at Northlake College and Tarrant County College, the newspaper reported.
Published in Star-Telegram on June 6, 2013