Geology Graduate Published in Historical Biology

by Will Duncan, Public Relations Writer

Matt McLain, a 2012 graduate of Cedarville University, was recently published in the peer-reviewed Historical Biology Journal for his geology, senior research project.  

McLain, and Cedarville peers Brad Chase and Eric Bryant, developed a database, “PteroTerra” to map the locations of fossil discoveries of pterosaurs, extinct flying reptiles, on Google Earth. 

“PteroTerra began as my senior project at Cedarville University. I wanted to do a project related to vertebrate paleontology, but that can be difficult living in Ohio,” said McLain. 

The database includes the genus, species, wingspan, diet and latitude -- longitude for each specimen. The research contains over 1,300 pterosaur specimens, representing every valid species of pterosaur uncovered so far. McLain attributes his accomplishments to Cedarville University and geology professor John Whitmore. 

“I was part of the first geology class to graduate from Cedarville University, and all of those who graduated in that first class are serving God faithfully in their work and achievements,” said McLain. “This testifies to Cedarville’s commitment to a Christ-centered educational experience and the heart and drive of John Whitmore to make the geology department the best that it could be.”

Further information on PteroTerra can be found at The information is free to the public for viewing and use. 

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.