Anthony Fiorillo

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Anthony R. Fiorillo
Alma materUniversity of Connecticut, University of Nebraska, University of Pennsylvania
Scientific career
InstitutionsPerot Museum of Nature & Science
Author abbrev. (zoology)Tony Fiorillo

Anthony R. Fiorillo is Vice President of Research & Collections and Chief Curator at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science.[1][2] A native of Connecticut, he received his bachelor's at the University of Connecticut, his master's at the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Paleontology from the University of Pennsylvania.[3]


Dr. Fiorillo worked on his Rea Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later as a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995 he became a curator at the Dallas Museum of Natural History (now the Perot Museum of Nature and Science). He currently works at the museum and as an adjunct associate professor of Paleontology at Southern Methodist University.[2] He has worked with the National Park Service in several national park units including Big Bend National Park, Denali National Park, Aniakchak National Monument, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to identify, study and preserve dinosaur fossils found. In 2008, he was honored with a fellowship in the Geological Society of America.[2][4]

Since 1998 the primary focus of his work has been on polar dinosaurs, and more specifically the ancient Arctic dinosaurs of Alaska.[5][6] He and his colleagues have unearthed new polar dinosaurs as well as obtained insights into the ancient polar climate during one of Earth's greenhouse modes.[7][8] In addition to Alaska, he has also traveled around the United States and to parts of Asia, Australia, and South America in order to further his research.[1]

Published work[edit]


Anthony Fiorillo has collaborated on the books:

  • Rogers, Raymond R.; Eberth, David A; Fiorillo, Anthony R. (January 30, 2008). Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-72371-6.
  • Scotchmoor, Judy G.; Springer, Dale A.; Breithaupt, Brent H.; Fiorillo, Anthony R. (January 1, 2002). Dinosaurs: The Science Behind the Stories. Alexandria, VA: American Geological Institute. ISBN 978-0-922152-62-9.

Other publications[edit]

  • Fiorillo, Anthony R.; Tykoski, Ronald S. (2012). "A new Maastrichtian species of the centrosaurine ceratopsid Pachyrhinosaurus from the North Slope of Alaska". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 57 (3): 561–573. doi:10.4202/app.2011.0033. ISSN 0567-7920.
  • Fiorillo, A. R.; Adams, T. L. (2012). "A therizinosaur track from the lower Cantwell Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Denali National Park, Alaska". PALAIOS. 27 (6): 395–400. doi:10.2110/palo.2011.p11-083r. ISSN 0883-1351.
  • Gangloff, R. A.; Fiorillo, A. R. (2010). "Taphonomy and paleoecology of a bonebed from the Prince Creek Formation, North Slope, Alaska". PALAIOS. 25 (5): 299–317. doi:10.2110/palo.2009.p09-103r. ISSN 0883-1351.
  • Fiorillo, A. R.; Hasiotis, S. T.; Kobayashi, Y.; Tomsich, C. S. (2009). "A pterosaur manus track from Denali National Park, Alaska Range, Alaska, United States". PALAIOS. 24 (7): 466–472. doi:10.2110/palo.2008.p08-129r. ISSN 0883-1351.
  • Fiorillo, A. R. (2008). "On the Occurrence of Exceptionally Large Teeth of Troodon (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Late Cretaceous of Northern Alaska". PALAIOS. 23 (5): 322–328. doi:10.2110/palo.2007.p07-036r. ISSN 0883-1351.
  • Fiorillo, Anthony R.; Padian, Kevin; Musikasinthorn, Chayanin (2000). "Taphonomy and Depositional Setting of the Placerias Quarry (Chinle Formation: Late Triassic, Arizona)". PALAIOS. 15 (5): 373. doi:10.1669/0883-1351(2000)015<0373:TADSOT>2.0.CO;2. ISSN 0883-1351.
  • Fiorillo, A.R. (1995). "Enamel microstructure in Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and Brachiosaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) and its lack of influence on resource partitioning by sauropods in the Late Jurassic". In Sun, Ailing; Wang, Yuanqing. Sixth Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota: Short Papers. Beijing: China Ocean Press. pp. 147–149. ISBN 978-7-5027-3898-3.
  • Fiorillo, A.R. (1994). "Time resolution at Carnegie Quarry (Morrison Formation: Dinosaur National Monument, Utah): implications for dinosaur paleoecology". Contributions to Geology. University of Wyoming. 30: 149–156.
  • Fiorillo, Anthony R.; Currie, Philip J. (1994). "Theropod teeth from the Judith River Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of south-central Montana". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 14 (1): 74–80. doi:10.1080/02724634.1994.10011539. ISSN 0272-4634.

Personal life[edit]

Dr. Fiorillo currently resides in Ovilla, Texas with his wife and daughter.


  1. ^ a b Marino, Katharina (December 31, 2012). "Paleontologist puts passion for fossils to use as curator at Perot Museum". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Scientists". The Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Retrieved 19 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Anthony Fiorello - Dedman College - SMU". Southern Methodist University. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  4. ^ The Geological Society of America. "All Active and Current GSA Fellows". Retrieved 2013-11-16.
  5. ^ Dunham, Mike (August 25, 2012). "Alaskans - extinct and not - included in new Dallas museum". Alaska Dispatch News. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Wheeler, Jason (July 22, 2014). "Museum team races to make Alaska dinosaur discoveries". USA Today. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  7. ^ Townsend, Lori (September 3, 2012). "Footprint Sheds More Light On Prehistoric Alaska;". Alaska Public Media. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  8. ^ Martin, Justin (August 7, 2014). "Footprints Suggest Duck-Billed Dinosaurs Thrived In Polar Ecosystem". KERA News. Retrieved January 12, 2016.