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Paul Sereno

TitlePROFESSOR
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentOrg.Bio./Anatomy
AddressChicago IL 60637
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    “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).


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    1. 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.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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.
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    4. 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.
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    5. 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.
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    6. 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.
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    7. Sereno PC. Taxonomy, morphology, masticatory function and phylogeny of heterodontosaurid dinosaurs. Zookeys. 2012; (226):1-225. PMID: 23166462.
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    8. Sereno PC. Dinosaur death trap. Sci Am. 2011 Mar; 304(3):70-5. PMID: 21438494.
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    9. 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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    10. Sereno PC, Tan L, Brusatte SL, Kriegstein HJ, Zhao X, Cloward K. Tyrannosaurid skeletal design first evolved at small body size. Science. 2009 Oct 16; 326(5951):418-22. PMID: 19762599.
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    11. Sereno PC, Xijin Z, Lin T. A new psittacosaur from Inner Mongolia and the parrot-like structure and function of the psittacosaur skull. Proc Biol Sci. 2010 Jan 22; 277(1679):199-209. PMID: 19535376.
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    12. Sereno PC, Martinez RN, Wilson JA, Varricchio DJ, Alcober OA, Larsson HC. Evidence for avian intrathoracic air sacs in a new predatory dinosaur from Argentina. PLoS One. 2008 Sep 30; 3(9):e3303. PMID: 18825273.
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    13. Sereno PC, Garcea EA, Jousse H, Stojanowski CM, Saliège JF, Maga A, Ide OA, Knudson KJ, Mercuri AM, Stafford TW, Kaye TG, Giraudi C, N'siala IM, Cocca E, Moots HM, Dutheil DB, Stivers JP. Lakeside cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 years of holocene population and environmental change. PLoS One. 2008 Aug 14; 3(8):e2995. PMID: 18701936.
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    14. Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Witmer LM, Whitlock JA, Maga A, Ide O, Rowe TA. Structural extremes in a cretaceous dinosaur. PLoS One. 2007 Nov 21; 2(11):e1230. PMID: 18030355.
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    15. Sereno PC. The logical basis of phylogenetic taxonomy. Syst Biol. 2005 Aug; 54(4):595-619. PMID: 16109704.
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    16. Sidor CA, O'Keefe FR, Damiani R, Steyer JS, Smith RM, Larsson HC, Sereno PC, Ide O, Maga A. Permian tetrapods from the Sahara show climate-controlled endemism in Pangaea. Nature. 2005 Apr 14; 434(7035):886-9. PMID: 15829962.
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    17. Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Conrad JL. New dinosaurs link southern landmasses in the Mid-Cretaceous. Proc Biol Sci. 2004 Jul 07; 271(1546):1325-30. PMID: 15306329.
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    18. Sereno PC, Larsson HC, Sidor CA, Gado B. The giant crocodyliform Sarcosuchus from the Cretaceous of Africa. Science. 2001 Nov 16; 294(5546):1516-9. PMID: 11679634.
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    19. Rowe T, McBride EF, Sereno PC. Dinosaur with a heart of stone. Science. 2001 Feb 02; 291(5505):783. PMID: 11157158.
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    20. Sereno PC. The evolution of dinosaurs. Science. 1999 Jun 25; 284(5423):2137-47. PMID: 10381873.
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    21. Sereno PC. Definitions in phylogenetic taxonomy: critique and rationale. Syst Biol. 1999 Jun; 48(2):329-51. PMID: 12066711.
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    22. Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Larsson HC, Dutheil DB, Sues HD. Response. Science. 1995 Mar 24; 267(5205):1752-3. PMID: 17775787.
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    23. Sereno PC, Wilson JA, Larsson HC, Dutheil DB, Sues HD. Early cretaceous dinosaurs from the sahara. Science. 1994 Oct 14; 266(5183):267-71. PMID: 17771449.
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    24. Rogers RR, Swisher CC, Sereno PC, Monetta AM, Forster CA, Martínez RN. The Ischigualasto Tetrapod Assemblage (Late Triassic, Argentina) and 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Dinosaur Origins. Science. 1993 May 07; 260(5109):794-7. PMID: 17746113.
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    25. Sereno PC, Novas FE. The complete skull and skeleton of an early dinosaur. Science. 1992 Nov 13; 258(5085):1137-40. PMID: 17789086.
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    26. Sereno PC, Chenggang R. Early evolution of avian flight and perching: new evidence from the lower cretaceous of china. Science. 1992 Feb 14; 255(5046):845-8. PMID: 17756432.
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