Author: Matthew Carrano

Matthew Carrano

Matthew Carrano is Curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. His research examines the evolutionary relationship of predatory dinosaurs, the paleoecology of Mesozoic ecosystems and the quality of the terrestrial fossil record. He has conducted fieldwork from Montana and Wyoming to Madagascar, Chile and Zimbabwe, bringing thousands of new specimens to the museum’s collections. Carrano received his B.S. in Geology-Biology from Brown University in 1991, followed by his M.S. (1995) and Ph.D. (1998) in Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. Prior to working at the Smithsonian, Carrano taught human anatomy and conducted postdoctoral research at Stony Brook University.

The Nation’s T. rex decapitating a Triceratops in its new pose as the centerpiece of the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time, a 31,000-square-foot dinosaur and fossil exhibit slated to open June 8, 2019. (Smithsonian Institution)