|Paul C. Sereno|
Paul Sereno in 2006
October 11, 1957 |
Aurora, Illinois, United States
|Institutions||University of Chicago|
|Alma mater||Northern Illinois University (B.S., Biological Sciences, 1979)
Columbia University (M.A., Vertebrate Paleontology, 1981; M. Phil., Geological Sciences, 1981; Ph.D., Geological Sciences, 1987)
|Doctoral students||Jeffrey A. Wilson|
|Known for||Important contributions to the study of paleontology; founder of Project Exploration|
|Author abbreviation (zoology)||Sereno|
Paul Callistus Sereno (born October 11, 1957) is an American paleontologist from the University of Chicago who discovered several new dinosaur species on several continents. He has conducted excavations at sites as varied as Inner Mongolia, Argentina, Morocco, and Niger.1 He is a professor at the University of Chicago and a National Geographic "explorer-in-residence." The son of a mail carrier2 and an art teacher at Prairie Elementary, Paul grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated from Naperville Central High School. Sereno's most widely publicized discovery is that of a nearly complete specimen of Sarcosuchus imperator (popularly known as SuperCroc) at Gadoufaoua in the Tenere desert of Niger.
Fossils described by Sereno or his team include:
- Significant new material of Carcharodontosaurus
- Significant new material of Herrerasaurus
- Several new species of Psittacosaurus
Other fossil reptiles
- Marasuchus, an early relative of dinosaurs
- "The African Pterosaur"
- Sarcosuchus imperator or SuperCroc
- Anatosuchus minor or DuckCroc from Niger
- Araripesuchus rattoides or RatCroc from Niger and Morocco
- Kaprosuchus saharicus or BoarCroc from Niger and Morocco
- Laganosuchus thaumastos or PancakeCroc from Niger and Morocco
- Laganosuchus maghrebensis or PancakeCroc from Niger and Morocco
On August 14, 2008, it was revealed that Sereno had uncovered the large Stone Age cemetery Gobero in the Nigerien Sahara, and together with a team of archaeologists had worked on it the last eight years.34
He appears in the 2009 DVD Dinosaur Discoveries, featuring classic segments of CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite as the host, which aired on A&E in 1991. It was later re-shown on the Disney Channel until the late 1990s.
- Briggs, Helen (12 December, 2007). "New meat-eating dinosaur unveiled" (Web). News article about; Carcharodontosaurus iguidensis was one of the largest meat-eaters that ever lived. BBC NEWS. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- Spalding, D.A.E., 1993, Dinosaur Hunters: 150 years of extraordinary discoveries, Key Porter Books, Toronto, p. 284
- Dell'Amore, Christine (14 August, 2008). "Ancient Cemetery Found; Brings "Green Sahara" to Life" (Web). News article about; Dinosaur hunters have stumbled across the largest and oldest Stone Age cemetery in the Sahara desert. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC NEWS. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
- Gwin, Peter (September, 2008). "Green Sahara" (Web). Feature story about; Lost Tribes of the Green Sahara - How a dinosaur hunter uncovered the Sahara's strangest Stone Age graveyard. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Retrieved 2008-08-15.
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