Desmostylia, Sirenia and others....
Marine Mammal
Anatomy & Paleobiology Research by Brian Beatty


Brian Lee Beatty
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Old Westbury, NY 11568

Office: 367 Riland Hall 

Office Telephone (516) 686 7435


NYCOM Anatomy Dept.  




Research Collaborator 

Division of Paleobiology 

National Museum of Natural History 

Smithsonian Institution 

Washington, DC


Research Associate

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Martinsville, VA




Managing Editor, PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology



facebook group - Aquatic Amniote Paleontology 

facebook group - Ungulate Evolution










Fall 1999 Collecting skull of Pomatodelphis inaequalis (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Platanistidae) from Bone Valley Mines, FL, with undergraduate mentor, Dr. S. David Webb (FLMNH, now retired)

Please be patient with me, this site is still under construction.



Beatty, B. L. and B. M. Rothschild 2008. Decompression syndrome and the evolution of deep diving physiology in the Cetacea. Naturwissenschaften Online Early Here

New Scientist  coverage of this article can be found here.

A blurb about it in American Scientist can be found here.

and a related article reporting some about this paper on Discovery News can be found here.


Research Interests

Terrestrial to Aquatic Transition - What does it mean to be Semiaquatic? 

Marine Mammal Anatomy & Histology
(WARNING!!! these pages contain some graphic images of dissections)

Evolution of Tethytheria (Elephants, Seacows and Desmostylia)

Tissue Mechanics of Teeth, Integument and Foods

Oral & Dental Pathology of Mammals

Histomorphometric Tools for Identifying Osteological Correlates of Soft Tissues

Evolution of North American Artiodactyla




(some folks I've had the pleasure to work with)



Baja California Sur, Mexico

Seacow Origins Project - Seven Rivers Jamaica


Calvert Cliffs and Chesapeake Group
(Terrestrial Mammal Faunas of the Mid-Atlantic) 

Victoria, BC (Oligocene Desmostylia)



Managing Editor, PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology
ISSN 1567-2158 (an online, peer-reviewed journal based in the Netherlands)



Human Anatomy @ NYCOM

Student Interns 


Some Personal Info