Paul Sereno, PhD

“I see paleontology as adventure with a purpose. How else to describe a science that allows you to romp in remote corners of the globe, resurrecting gargantuan creatures that have never been seen? And the trick to big fossil finds? You’ve got to be able to go where no one has gone before.” -- Paul Sereno, Ph.D., Paleontologist, University of Chicago



Paul Sereno, a professor at the University of Chicago and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, works with students, technicians and artists in his Fossil Lab to bring to life fossils unearthed from sites around the world. Sereno’s field work began in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina, where he discovered the first dinosaurs to roam the Earth some 230 million years ago. Other expeditions have explored Africa’s Sahara, Asia’s Gobi Desert, India’s Thar Desert, and remote valleys in Tibet. He also works every year closer to home excavating his own "Jurassic Park," a dinosaur graveyard in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. With a menagerie of spectacular dinosaurs to his credit, he also is known for discovering a series of extinct crocdilians, including the 40-foot long dinosaur-eater dubbed "SuperCroc." Sereno’s latest discovery, a human burial site in the Sahara predating the Egyptian pyramids, provides a snapshot of life in a once “green” Sahara.



Featured in National Geographic magazine and many documentaries, Paul was named Teacher of the Year (1993) by the Chicago Tribune and was awarded the University Medal for Excellence from Columbia University (1999). He co-founded Project Exploration, a novel science organization that recruits future scientists among urban youth. That effort earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House (2009).

Geology and paleontology of the Upper Cretaceous Kem Kem Group of eastern Morocco.
Ibrahim N, Sereno PC, Varricchio DJ, Martill DM, Dutheil DB, Unwin DM, Baidder L, Larsson HCE, Zouhri S, Kaoukaya A. Geology and paleontology of the Upper Cretaceous Kem Kem Group of eastern Morocco. Zookeys. 2020; 928:1-216.
PMID: 32362741

Laser-stimulated fluorescence in paleontology.
Kaye TG, Falk AR, Pittman M, Sereno PC, Martin LD, Burnham DA, Gong E, Xu X, Wang Y. Laser-stimulated fluorescence in paleontology. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5):e0125923.
PMID: 26016843

Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur.
Ibrahim N, Sereno PC, Dal Sasso C, Maganuco S, Fabbri M, Martill DM, Zouhri S, Myhrvold N, Iurino DA. Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur. Science. 2014 Sep 26; 345(6204):1613-6.
PMID: 25213375

Unification of multi-species vertebrate anatomy ontologies for comparative biology in Uberon.
Haendel MA, Balhoff JP, Bastian FB, Blackburn DC, Blake JA, Bradford Y, Comte A, Dahdul WM, Dececchi TA, Druzinsky RE, Hayamizu TF, Ibrahim N, Lewis SE, Mabee PM, Niknejad A, Robinson-Rechavi M, Sereno PC, Mungall CJ. Unification of multi-species vertebrate anatomy ontologies for comparative biology in Uberon. J Biomed Semantics. 2014; 5:21.
PMID: 25009735

Dinosaur footprints and other ichnofauna from the cretaceous Kem Kem beds of Morocco.
Ibrahim N, Varricchio DJ, Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Wilson JA, Dutheil DB, Martill DM, Baidder L, Zouhri S. Dinosaur footprints and other ichnofauna from the cretaceous Kem Kem beds of Morocco. PLoS One. 2014; 9(6):e90751.
PMID: 24603467

The vertebrate taxonomy ontology: a framework for reasoning across model organism and species phenotypes.
Midford PE, Dececchi TA, Balhoff JP, Dahdul WM, Ibrahim N, Lapp H, Lundberg JG, Mabee PM, Sereno PC, Westerfield M, Vision TJ, Blackburn DC. The vertebrate taxonomy ontology: a framework for reasoning across model organism and species phenotypes. J Biomed Semantics. 2013 Nov 22; 4(1):34.
PMID: 24267744

Corrigenda: Sereno PC (2012) Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. ZooKeys 226: 1-225.
Sereno PC. Corrigenda: Sereno PC (2012) Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. ZooKeys 226: 1-225. Zookeys. 2012; (227):101.
PMID: 23166466

Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs.
Sereno PC. Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. Zookeys. 2012; (226):1-225.
PMID: 23166462

Dinosaur death trap.
Sereno PC. Dinosaur death trap. Sci Am. 2011 Mar; 304(3):70-5.
PMID: 21438494

A basal dinosaur from the dawn of the dinosaur era in southwestern Pangaea.
Martinez RN, Sereno PC, Alcober OA, Colombi CE, Renne PR, Montañez IP, Currie BS. A basal dinosaur from the dawn of the dinosaur era in southwestern Pangaea. Science. 2011 Jan 14; 331(6014):206-10.
PMID: 21233386

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