Perot Museum In the Field
For nearly 20 years in his career as a vertebrate paleontologist, Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fiorillo has escaped the Texas summer heat on an arctic excursion. Tony, curator of earth sciences at the Perot Museum, knows a thing or two about Alaska and polar dinosaurs. In June 2014, Tony and coauthors Yoshi Kobayashi (Hokkaido University Museum) and Stephen Hasiotis (University of Kansas) published a paper in the prestigious journal Geology describing a new tracksite they discovered in Denali National Park. The site was filled with duck-billed dinosaur footprints, technically referred to as hadrosaurs, demonstrating that the animals not only lived in multi-generational herds but thrived in the ancient high-latitude, polar ecosystem. Earlier this year, Tony and Dr. Ronald Tykoski, fossil preparator at the Perot Museum, announced they had discovered a new genus and species of a tyrannosaur that they formally named Nanuqsaurus hoglundi. And that’s not the only Alaskan dinosaur the pair has discovered recently! In 2011, Tony and Ron announced the discovery of another new species north of the Arctic Circle, Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum, whose skeletal mount is found in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall. Other amazing research discoveries and field work from our scientists can be found in the Life Then and Now Hall.
Be as close to the action as possible without jumping on a plane. Follow the In the Field blog and join Tony and his team as they search for new discoveries in Alaska!
Meet the 2014 team:
- Anthony (Tony) Fiorillo, curator of earth sciences, Perot Museum
- Yoshitsugu (Yoshi) Kobayashi, associate professor at the Hokkaido University Museum
- Paul McCarthy, professor in geology at the University of Alaska
- Beth Hook, director of marketing and communications, Perot Museum