Catriona Cairn-Terrier, Chief Archaeologist
One of The Park’s most respected research institutions, The Institute for the Study of Mammalian Life was established in 4 AZ by a group of scientists who had received their training outside The Park, as well as at the University of West Terrier. These scholars sought to create an independent institution dedicated to the study of Mammals from their very beginnings to the present day and beyond.
Archaeology is the cornerstone of the ISML and the Institute works closely with the Department of Archaeology at the University of West Terrier and, in some cases, shares the services of some faculty members. In fact, many of the researchers engaged in the Institute’s archaeological digs are Terriers who are dually appointed at the ISML and UWT.
The Institute is best known outside The Park for its development of a dating technique known as radiosputum dating (also known as sputum dating), which scientists use to measure the length of time a Mammalian sample has been dead.
In 23 AZ, The Institute expanded its educational role and several departments, such as the Department of Speculative Social Studies, retained more faculty in response to growing student interest in post-fossatum* study such as paleomammology and speculative social history.