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Perot Museum In the Field

Visit the In the Field Research Blog, Summer 2015

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, Vice President of Research and Collections and 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 Adjunct Researcher for the Perot 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 and Preserve. 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.

In the spring of 2014, 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 found north of the Arctic Circle, Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum, whose skeletal mount is found in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall along with other amazing research discoveries and field work displays from our very active scientists.

In 2013, we launched the program Perot Museum In the Field to actively follow, support and communicate the research done by the team. 

We would love to have you follow along!

Be a Dinosaur Hunter

This summer, don't just follow a paleontologist, become a dinosaur hunter yourself! Download this "field guide" and take a dinosaur hunt through all levels of the Museum. You'll discover dinosaurs, explore prehistoric life and even come face to face with extinction. Get ready for a prehistoric quest!