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Anthony R. Fiorillo is Vice President of Research & Collections and Chief Curator at the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. A native of Connecticut, he received his bachelor's at the University of Connecticut, his master's at the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in Vertebrate Paleontology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Dr. Fiorillo worked on his Rea Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and later as a scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1995 he became a curator at the Dallas Museum of Natural History (now the Perot Museum of Nature and Science). He currently works at the museum and as an adjunct associate professor of Paleontology at Southern Methodist University. He has worked with the National Park Service in several national park units including Big Bend National Park, Denali National Park, Aniakchak National Monument, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park to identify, study and preserve dinosaur fossils found. Since 1998 the primary focus of his work has been on polar dinosaurs, and more specifically the ancient Arctic dinosaurs of Alaska. He and his colleagues have unearthed new polar dinosaurs as well as obtained insights into the ancient polar climate during one of Earth's greenhouse modes. In addition to Alaska, he has also traveled around the United States and to parts of Asia, Australia, and South America in order to further his research.
Books[edit | hide | edit source]
Anthony Fiorillo has collaborated on the books:
- Dinosaurs: The Science Behind the Stories, American Geological Institute (2002), ISBN 0-922152-62-4
- Bonebeds: Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance, University Of Chicago Press (2008), ISBN 978-0-226-72371-6
Other publications[edit | hide | edit source]
- Anthony R. Fiorillo and Ronald S. Tykoski. 2012. A New Maastrichtian Species of the Centrosaurine Ceratopsid Pachyrhinosaurus from the North Slope of Alaska in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57(3):561-573. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4202/app.2011.0033
- Anthony R. Fiorillo and Thomas L. Adams. 2012. A Therizinosaur track from the Lower Cantwell Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of Denali National Park, Alaska in Palaios June 2012 v. 27 no. 6 p. 395-400
- Roland A. Gangloff and Anthony R. Fiorillo. 2010. Taphonomy AND Paleoecology of a bonebed from the Prince Creek Formation, North Slope, Alaska in Palaios May 2010 v. 25 no. 5 p. 299-317
- Anthony R. Fiorillo, Stephen T. Hasiotis, Yoshitsugu Kobayashi and Carla Susanne Tomsich. 2009. A pterosaur manus track from Denali National Park, Alaska Range, Alaska, United States in Palaios July 2009 v. 24 no. 7 p. 466-472
- Anthony R. Fiorillo. 2008. On the Occurrence of Exceptionally Large Teeth of Troodon (Dinosauria: Saurischia) from the Late Cretaceous of Northern Alaska in Palaios May 2008 v. 23 no. 5 p. 322-328
- Anthony R. Fiorillo, Kevin Padian and Chayanin Musikasinthorn. 2000. Taphonomy and Depositional Setting of the Placerias Quarry (Chinle Formation: Late Triassic, Arizona) in Palaios October 2000 v. 15 no. 5 p. 373-386
- Fiorillo, A.R., 1995. Enamel microstructure in Diplodocus, Camarasaurus, and Brachiosaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) and its lack of influence on resource partitioning by sauropods in the Late Jurassic. Sixth Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems and Biota. Sun, A., and Wang, Y. (eds.), China Ocean Press, Beijing, p. 147-149.
- Fiorillo, A.R., 1994. Time resolution at Carnegie Quarry (Morrison Formation: Dinosaur National Monument, Utah): implications for dinosaur paleoecology. Contributions to Geology, University of Wyoming, 30:149-156.
- Fiorillo, A.R., Currie, P.J., 1994. Theropod teeth from the Judith River Formation (Upper Cretaceous) of south-central Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 14(1):74-80.
Personal life[edit | hide | edit source]
Dr. Fiorillo currently resides in Ovilla, Texas with his wife and daughter.