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Unearthing our world.

Curator of Earth Sciences, Dr. Anthony Fiorillo
Field work in Alaska by Curator of Earth Sciences Dr. Anthony Fiorillo

In order to understand our world, we first need to understand how we got here. The Perot Museum research programs focus on bringing that journey to light.

Most of our current research concentrates on the work of vertebrate paleontologist and Curator of Earth Sciences Dr. Anthony Fiorillo. Dr. Fiorillo works extensively on Late Cretaceous vertebrate faunas across the globe, with a particular interest in polar Late Cretaceous communities and dinosaur paleoecology. For Dr. Fiorillo, the appeal of fieldwork in Alaska is the result of the combination of intellectual pursuit and the rigors of working in the Arctic environment. 

Vertebrate Paleontologist, Dr. Ronald TykoskiLab work with Vertebrate Paleontologist Dr. Ronald Tykoski

The Museum’s research program also operates North Texas’ largest and most active fossil preparation laboratory, overseen by vertebrate paleontologist and fossil preparator Dr. Ronald Tykoski. Dr. Tykoski has overseen the preparation of the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum skull from Alaska, description and naming of North America’s oldest fossil bird, Flexomornis howei, from Grapevine, Texas. And most recently preparation of the Perot Museum’s neck vertebrae of the giant Alamosaurus sanjuanensis from Big Bend National Park.