Dale Russell

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Dale Russell
Born (1937-12-27) December 27, 1937 (age 79)
San Francisco, California
Nationality American
Citizenship United States and Canada
Occupation Professor
Employer North Carolina State University

Dale Alan Russell (born 27 December 1937) is a Canadian geologist/palaeontologist, currently Research Professor at The Department of Marine Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (MEAS) of North Carolina State University. Dinosaurs he has described include Daspletosaurus and he was amongst first paleontologists to consider an extraterrestrial cause (supernova, comet, asteroid) for the extinction of the dinosaurs.[1] He is also credited with inventing the controversial dinosauroid thought experiment.[2] Russell's dinosauroid was criticized as being too anthropomorphic.


  1. ^ Russell, Dale & Tucker, Wallace (19 February 1971). "Supernovae and the Extinction of the Dinosaurs." Nature 229:553-554.
  2. ^ Smartasaurus

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