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Dr. Kenneth D. Rose

Professor Emeritus

E-Mail: kdrose(at)
Phone: 410-955-7172

1830 E. Monument St., Room 305
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA

Dr. Rose and Prof. von Koenigswald compare pantolestid skeletons from Wyoming and Messel, Germany, in the Goldfuss Museum at the Institut für Pal&aum;lontologie in Bonn, Germany

Dr. Rose in the Bighorn Basin, July 2010.


Ph.D. Geological Sciences: Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Michigan, 1979
M.A. Geological Sciences, Harvard, 1974
B.S. Geology & Geophysics: Paleobiology, Yale, 1972

Research Focuses

Functional anatomy and evolution of early Cenozoic mammals
Patterns of evolution at the species level
Origins of the mammalian orders
Faunal succession and diversity

Special Links

Curriculum Vitae

Recent/Noteworthy Publications

Gaudin, T.J., J.R. Wible, K.D. Rose, R.J. Emry, and M. Spaulding. 2019. Skeletal anatomy of the basicranium and auditory region in the metacheiromyid palaeanodont Metacheiromys (Mammalia, Pholidotamorpha) based on high-resolution CT scans. Fossil Imprint 75(3-4): 484-503.

Rose, K.D., L.T. Holbrook, and W.P. Luckett. 2018. Deciduous premolars of Eocene Equidae and their phylogenetic significance. Historical Biology 30(1-2): 89-118.

Ruf, I., V. Volpato, K.D. Rose, G. Billet, C. de Muizon, and T. Lehmann. (2016) Digital reconstruction of the inner ear of Leptictidium auderiense (Leptictida, Mammalia) reveals new insight into leptictidan locomotion. Paläontologische Zeitschrift 90(1): 153-171. DOI: (View from website)

Dunn, R.H., K.D. Rose, R.S. Rana, K. Kumar, A. Sahni, T. Smith. (2016) New euprimate postcrania from the early Eocene of Gujarat, India, and the strepsirrhine-haplorhine divergence. J. Human Evol. 99: 25-51. DOI: (view from website)

Smith, T., K. Kumar, R.S. Rana, A. Folie, F. Solé, C. Noiret, T. Steeman, A. Sahni, and K.D. Rose. (2016) New early Eocene vertebrate assemblage from western India reveals a mixed fauna of European and Gondwanan affinities. Geoscience Frontiers 7: 969-1001.

Zack, S.P., and K.D. Rose. (2015) The postcranial skeleton of Galecyon: evidence for morphological and locomotor diversity in early Hyaenodontidae (Mammalia, Hyaenodontida). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35(6) e1001492 (25 pages). DOI: (view from website); cover.

Dunn, R.H., and K.D. Rose. (2015) Evolution of early Eocene Palaeosinopa (Mammalia, Pantolestidae) in the Willwood Formation of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Paleontology 89(4): 665-694. DOI: (view from website)

Rana, R. S., K. Kumar, S.P. Zack, F. Solé, K.D. Rose, P. Missiaen, L. Singh, A. Sahni, and T. Smith. (2015) Craniodental and postcranial morphology of Indohyaenodon raoi from the early Eocene of India, and its implications for ecology, phylogeny, and biogeography of hyaenodontid mammals. J. Vert. Paleo. 35(5), e965308 (22 pages). DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2015.965308 (view here)

Rose, K.D., L.T. Holbrook, R.S. Rana, K. Kumar, K.E. Jones, H.E. Ahrens, P. Missiaen, A. Sahni, and T. Smith. (2014) Early Eocene Fossils suggest that the mammalian order Perissodactyla originated in India. Nat. Commun. 5: 5570. (view here)

Gould, F.H.D. and K.D. Rose. (2014) Gnathic and postcranial skeleton of the largest known arctocyonid "condylarth," Arctocyon mumak, (Mammalia, Procreodi) and ecomorphological diversity in Procreodi. J. Vert. Paleontol. 34: 1180-1202.

Jones, K.E., K.D. Rose, and J. Perry. (2014) Body size and premolar evolution in the early--middle Eocene euprimates of Wyoming. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 153: 15-28.

Rose, K.D., R.H. Dunn, and L. Grande. (2014) A new pantolestid skeleton from the early Eocene Fossil Butte Member, Green River Formation (Wyoming), and skeletal ontogeny in Pantolestidae (Mammalia, Pantolesta). J. Vert. Paleontol. 34(4): 932-940.

Rose, K.D., G. Storch, and K. Krohmann. (2013) Small-mammal postcrania from the middle Paleocene of Walbeck, Germany. Paläontologische Zeitschrift. (view here)

Rose, K.D., K. Kumar, R.S. Rana, A. Sahni, and T. Smith. (2013) New hypsodont tillodont (Mammalia: Tillodontia) from the early Eocene of India. J. Paleontol. 87: 842-853.

Kalthoff, D.C., K.D. Rose, and W. v. Koenigswald. (2011) Dental microstructure in Palaeanodon and Tubulodon (Palaeanodonta) and bioerosional tunneling as a widespread phenomenon in fossil mammal teeth. J. Vert. Paleontol. 31(6): 1303-1313. (view from JVP page)

Koenigswald, W. v., L.T. Holbrook, and K.D. Rose. (2011) Diversity and evolution of Hunter-Schreger band configuration in tooth enamel of perissodactyl mammals. Acta Palaeont. Polonica 56(1): 11-32. (view from BioOne page)

Rose, K.D. (2010) New marsupial from the early Eocene of Virginia. J. Paleontol. 84: 561-565. (view from BioOne page)

Kumar, K., K.D. Rose, R.S. Rana, L.Singh, T. Smith, and A. Sahni. (2010) Early Eocene artiodactyls (Mammalia) from western India. J. Vert. Paleontol. 30(4): 1245-1274.(view from JVP page)

Rose, K.D., R.S. Rana, A. Sahni, K. Kumar, P. Missiaen, L. Singh, and T. Smith. (2009) Early Eocene Primates from Gujarat, India. J. Human Evol. 56: 366-404. (view from Elsevier JHE page)

Rose, K.D., V.B. DeLeon, P. Missiaen, R.S. Rana, A. Sahni, L. Singh, and T. Smith. (2008) Early Eocene lagomorph (Mammalia) from western India and the early diversification of Lagomorpha. Proc. Royal Soc. London B 275: 1203-1208. (view from Royal Society Publishing site)

Silcox, M.T., K.D. Rose, and T.M. Bown. (2008) Early Eocene Paromomyidae (Mammalia, Primates) from the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: systematics and evolution. J. Paleontol. 82: 1074-1113. (view from Paleontological Society page)

Smith, T., R.S. Rana, P. Missiaen, K.D. Rose, A. Sahni, H. Singh, L. Singh. (2007) Highest diversity of earliest bats in the Early Eocene of India. Naturwissenschaften 94(12): 1003-1009

Rose, K.D., and W. von Koenigswald. (2007) The marmot-sized paramyid rodent Notoparamys costilloi from the early Eocene of Wyoming, with comments on dental variation and occlusion in paramyids. Bull. Carnegie Mus. Nat. Hist. 39:111-125.

Rose, K.D. (2006) The Beginning of the Age of Mammals. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press. 428 pp. (20% discount from JHU Press)

Rose, K.D. (2006) The postcranial skeleton of early Oligocene Leptictis (Mammalia: Leptictida), with a preliminary comparison to Leptictidium from the middle Eocene of Messel. Palaeontographica Abteilung A 278: 37-56.

Smith, T., K.D. Rose, and P. D. Gingerich. (2006) Rapid Asia-Europe-North America geographic dispersal of earliest Eocene primate Teilhardina during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 103: 11223-11227. (view from PNAS site)

Rose, K.D., and W.v. Koenigswald. (2005) An exceptionally complete skeleton of Palaeosinopa (Mammalia, Cimolesta, Pantolestidae) from the Green River Formation, and other postcranial elements of the Pantolestidae from the Eocene of Wyoming. Palaeontographica Abteilung A 273: 55-96. (visit Palaeontographica site)

Zack, S., T.A. Penkrot, J.I. Bloch, and K.D. Rose. (2005) Affinities of 'hyopsodontids' to elephant shrews and a Holarctic origin of Afrotheria. Nature 434: 497-501. (view from Nature site)