Mark Norell

Fossil hunter Mark Norell wasn't always wild about dinosaurs. As a kid, he wanted be an anthropologist. Then, little by little, his love of natural sciences and extreme camping led him to paleontology. Mark has made some famous discoveries that help show how extinct non-bird dinosaurs are related to modern birds.

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota; raised in Los Angeles, California
Position: Chairman and Curator, Division of Paleontology
Education: Ph.D., Yale University
Known for: discovering the nesting Oviraptor; co-leader of expeditions
Publications: Discovering Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History

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