Dr. Main supervised the Arlington Archosaur Site for nearly a decade prior to his passing in 2013.
“As an adult it was more of an accident than anything else,” he told Earthwatch. “Of course, all little kids want to be a paleontologist or something; all kids have a childhood dream. It wasn’t until I got into college and took a course in geology that it really dawned on me that it was something I could actually do. I went to the library and got a book on careers in science, and paleontologist was one of them. It described the type of degrees a paleontologist had and one of them was geology, and I thought, ‘Wow, I really like this class. This is something I could actually do.’ Before I declared my major in geology I took every geology class I could. I just loved it, every class I took, and wanted to learn more. Later, I started volunteering at the local museum of science and history, working on fossils in their paleontology lab, and I was just hooked.”
A great moment in the field:
“At least for me, the most exciting moment at the Arlington Archosaur Site was the discovery of our giant super-predator crocodile in the summer of 2009, in a dig I called ‘Crocorama.’ It came out with a tractor, after some overburden and sediment were removed from the hill - completely by accident we discovered hundreds of bones of this big crocodile! As soon as I saw it I was just amazed.”