Ask A Paleontologist All Your Questions About Dinosaurs!

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Matthew Carrano, curator for the Dinosauria exhibit at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History, is here to answer all our questions about dinosaurs!


Carrano's research focuses on the evolution of predatory dinosaurs, how we read the fossil record, and paleobiology, a subject on which he's published dozens of scientific articles. He also just recently returned from bringing in the brand new "Nation's T-Rex" fossil — one of the most complete T-Rex fossils ever found — that will be the centerpiece of the Smithsonian's new dinosaur exhibit opening in 2019.

He'll be joining us from 10-11:00 a.m. (PDT), so start asking him questions now about the habits of ancient predators, how dinosaurs sounded, the new T-Rex, the evolution of dinosaurs, and any other questions you have!


Image: "Nation's T-Rex", photo by Kirk Johnson / National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

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Speaking as an archaeologist, don't you love explaining the difference between paleontology and archaeology? It's such a tiresome game to not make the uneducated not feel stupid for their mistake.

"I'm an archaeologist."

"Oh wow. Have you found any dinosaurs?"