Paul Sereno

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Paul C. Sereno
Paul Sereno Lab Photo.jpg
At his laboratory in 2010
Born (1957-10-11) October 11, 1957 (age 58)
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Residence Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Fields Paleontology (vertebrate)
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 Discoveries in paleontology; founder of Project Exploration
Author abbrev. (zoology) Sereno

Paul Callistus Sereno (born October 11, 1957) is a professor of paleontology at the University of Chicago and a National Geographic "explorer-in-residence" who has discovered several new dinosaur species on several continents, including at sites in Inner Mongolia, Argentina, Morocco and Niger.[1] His 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.


Youth and education[edit]

The son of a mail carrier[2] and an art teacher at Prairie Elementary, Sereno grew up in Naperville, Illinois and graduated from Naperville Central High School. He was then educated at Northern Illinois University (B.S., Biological Sciences, 1979) and Columbia University (M.A., Vertebrate Paleontology, 1981; M. Phil., Geological Sciences, 1981; Ph.D., Geological Sciences, 1987)


Sereno was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (1997).[3]

Sereno co-founded Project Exploration, a non-profit science education organization to encourage city kids to pursue careers in science.

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.

On August 14, 2008, it was revealed that Sereno had uncovered a large Stone Age cemetery at Gobero in the Nigerien Sahara, remnants of a people who lived from 10,000 to 5,000 years ago on the edge of what was then a large lake. The National Geographic documentary, Skeletons of the Sahara was made about this discovery and premiered in 2013. [4][5][6]

Fossil species described by Sereno or his team[edit]

Paul Serano at a dig in 2010.


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Spalding, D.A.E., 1993, Dinosaur Hunters: 150 years of extraordinary discoveries, Key Porter Books, Toronto, p. 284
  3. ^ "Most Beautiful: Paul Sereno". People. 1997-12-05. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Skeletons of the Sahara" (Web). PBS. Retrieved 2013-08-24. 

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