• Breaking News in the Washington Post

    NIAMEY, Niger — In secret patches of the south-central Sahara, blankets of sand hide 20 tons of dinosaur bones.

    There are flying reptiles. A creature that resembles an armored dog. Eleven species yet to be identified — all with long necks. They roamed the desert when it was still green, scientists concluded, as far back as 200 million years ago.

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  • Geology and paleontology of the Upper Cretaceous Kem Kem Group of eastern Morocco

    Predators abound on land, in the air and in water some 95 million years on the shores of northern Africa —as shown by the abundant fossils in the Kem Kem region. Large herbivores, such as the long-necked sauropod Rebbachisaurus, could have been hunted or scavenged by several large predators. Artwork by Davide Bonadonna.


  • Spinosaurus Revealed

    New fossils of the huge Cretaceous-era predator, Spinosaurus, reveal it adapted to life in water some 95 million years ago, providing the most compelling evidence to date of a dinosaur able to live and hunt in an aquatic environment. An international team based at the University of Chicago built a CT-based digital model of the 50-foot long dinosaur to understand its anatomy and capabilities.

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  • Skeletons of the Sahara

    “More than 100 human burials lay before me” stammered Paul Sereno, paleontologist at the University of Chicago and Explorer-in-Residence at National Geographic.

    Sereno had just discovered the Sahara’s largest graveyard—hundreds of burials older than the pyramids.

    Read more about Skeletons of the Sahara on PBS or get your own copy!

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  • Chicago Humanitites Festival 2013

    Sereno kicks off the Festival's Hyde Park Day with an illustrated discussion of the latest findings in his field, in a program appropriate for both children and adults.

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  • Sereno Fossil Lab

    Paul Sereno's Fossil Lab is located at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. It is comprised of a prep lab, fossil storage areas, teaching space, molding and casting room, bug room, and houses part of the University of Chicago Research Collection.

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  • Google Science Fair

    Paul Sereno participates in Google Science Fair 2013 in a Hangout On Air answering questions about his discoveries and what it is like to be a paleontologist.

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  • National Geographic Live!

    Go behind the scenes and hear National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno talk about his decision to become a paleontologist and his most memorable discoveries.

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  • Extreme Dinosaurs

    National Geographic Live! Extreme Dinosaurs

    Hear about one of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever uncovered from its discoverer, acclaimed paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno.

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  • TEDxUChicago

    Paul Sereno teaches the world about its evolutionary past through what he calls "adventure with a purpose." His travels have brought him to discover important links in the evolution of life on earth such as his discovery of the world's largest crocodile.

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  • Eodromaeus

    Paul Sereno talks about Eodromaeus the "Dawn Runner"

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  • UChicago Convocation

    "Historical Contingency and Ultimate Aims"

    by Paul C. Sereno - Spring 2010 Convocation

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  • Raptorex

    Paul Sereno describes Raptorex - a new dinosaur that show how the body plan of Tyrannosaurus rex evolved at 1/100th the size.

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  • TED Talk with Paul

    What can fossils teach us?

    Strange landscapes, scorching heat and (sometimes) mad crocodiles await scientists seeking clues to evolution's genius. Paleontologist Paul Sereno talks about his surprising encounters with prehistory -- and a new way to help students join the adventure.

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  • Super Croc

    Dr. Paul Sereno posing with the skull of Sarcosuchus imperator. This amazing 40 foot long crocodile was the subject of the National Geographic film 'When Crocs Ate Dinosaurs.'

    Nicknamed “SuperCroc,” the animal is believed to have reached 40 feet (12 meters) in length—the length of a city bus—making it one of the largest crocs that ever lived. SuperCroc lived alongside dinosaurs, perhaps feasting on them.

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Big Brains Podcast: An Archaeological Riddle In the Sahara with Paul Sereno (Ep. 23)

Written by Paul Sereno & Paul Rand || July 15, 2019

On the Loose: Fossils and Footprints

Written by Paul Sereno || September 6, 2001

Parrot Beaks, Graveyard

Written by Paul Sereno || September 6, 2001

Update On Dinosaur Discoveries

Written by Paul Sereno || October 3, 2000

End of Camp 3

Written by Paul Sereno || September 19, 2000

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