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Matthew Carrano

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Matthew Carrano is Curator of Dinosauria at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Since 2000, he has been helping to assemble the fossil vertebrate component of the Paleobiology Database (PBDB). The PBDB will ultimately provide full internet access to all published vertebrate fossil localities for any researcher worldwide. To date, more than 7000 dinosaur-bearing localities have been entered into the PBDB, which can be analyzed and downloaded by any visitor or researcher. Dr. Carrano is particularly interested in large-scale evolutionary patterns within the Dinosauria. This diverse, long-lived vertebrate group dominated terrestrial habitats worldwide from the Late Triassic through to the end of the Cretaceous period. Dr. Carrano has led dinosaur-hunting expeditions around the world, named a dinosaur after a rock-and-roll singer, and is the lead curator for the National Museum of Natural History’s new 30,000-square-foot National Fossil Hall.