Vertebrate Paleontology

Assistant Curator Matthew C. Lamanna

Matt LamannaLamannaM@carnegiemnh.org
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080
412.578.2696

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Academic Training 

  • PhD, 2004, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
  • MSc, 1999, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Earth and Environmental Science
  • BSc, 1997, Hobart College, Departments of Geoscience and Biology

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Research Interests 

  • Mesozoic continental vertebrate (principally dinosaur) anatomy, systematics, evolution, paleoecology, and paleobiogeography

Research Emphases 

  • Cretaceous Dinosaurs of the Southern Hemisphere: Evolution and paleobiogeography of mid- and Late Cretaceous-aged dinosaurs from the Gondwanan continents, centered on field research in Antarctica, Australia, Argentina, and Egypt
  • Mesozoic Evolution of Birds: Anatomy, evolutionary relationships, and paleoecology of Cretaceous birds, with emphasis on the ~115 million-year-old avifauna of northwestern China’s Changma Basin

Selected Publications  

  • Ji, S.-A., J. Atterholt, J. K. O’Connor, M. C. Lamanna, J. D. Harris, H.-L. You, and Q. Ji. In press. A new, three-dimensionally preserved enantiornithine bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from Gansu Province, northwestern China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

     
  • Casal, G., R. Martínez, M. Luna, J. C. Sciutto, and M. C. Lamanna. 2007. Aeolosaurus colhuehuapensis sp. nov. (Sauropoda, Titanosauria) de la Formación Bajo Barreal, Cretácico Superior de Argentina. Revista Brasileira de Paleontología 10: 201-210. E-print (2.9 Mb PDF)

     
  • Urban, M. A. and M. C. Lamanna. 2006. Evidence of a giant tyrannosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous (?Campanian) of Montana. Annals of Carnegie Museum 75: 231-235. E-print (2.6 Mb PDF)

     
  • Smith, J. B., M. C. Lamanna, H. Mayr, and K. J. Lacovara. 2006. New information regarding the holotype of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus Stromer, 1915. Journal of Paleontology 80: 400-406. E-print (523 Kb PDF)

     
  • You, H., D. Li, Q. Ji, M. C. Lamanna, and P. Dodson. 2005. On a new genus of basal neoceratopsian dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Gansu Province, China. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 79: 593-597. E-print (275 Kb PDF)

     
  • You, H.-L., Q. Ji, M. C. Lamanna, J. Li, and Y. Li. 2004. A titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur with opisthocoelous caudal vertebrae from the early Late Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China. Acta Geologica Sinica 78: 907-911.E-print (1.6 Mb PDF)

     
  • Lacovara, K. J., J. R. Smith, J.B. Smith, and M. C. Lamanna. 2003. The Ten Thousand Islands Coast of Florida: a modern analog to low-energy mangrove coasts of Cretaceous epeiric seas; pp. 1773-1784 in R. A. Davis, Jr. (ed.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Coastal Sediments, Clearwater Beach, Florida.E-print (1.1 Mb PDF)

     
  • Schweitzer, C. E., K. J. Lacovara, J. B. Smith, M. C. Lamanna, M. A. Lyon, and Y. Attia. 2003. Mangrove-dwelling crabs (Decapoda: Brachyura: Necrocarcinidae) associated with dinosaurs from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of Egypt. Journal of Paleontology 77: 888-894. E-print (509 Kb PDF)

     
  • You, H.-L., J. Atterholt, J. K. O’Connor, J. D. Harris, M. C. Lamanna, and D.-Q. Li. 2010. A second Cretaceous ornithuromorph bird from the Changma Basin, Gansu Province, northwestern China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

     
  • Smith, J. B., M. C. Lamanna, A. S. Askar, K. A. Bergig, S. O. Tshakreen, M. M. Abugares, and D. T. Rasmussen. 2010. A large abelisauroid theropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Libya. Journal of Paleontology 84: 927-934. E-print (3.4 Mb PDF).

     
  • Ibiricu, L. M., R. D. Martínez, M. C. Lamanna, G. A. Casal, M. Luna, J. D. Harris, and K. J. Lacovara. 2010. A medium-sized ornithopod (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) from the Upper Cretaceous Bajo Barreal Formation of Lago Colhué Huapi, southern Chubut Province, Argentina. Annals of Carnegie Museum 79: 39-50. E-print (1.7 Mb PDF).

     
  • Whitlock, J. A., J. A. Wilson, and M. C. Lamanna. 2010. Description of a nearly complete juvenile skull of Diplodocus (Sauropoda: Diplodocoidea) from the Late Jurassic of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30: 442-457. E-print (4.5 Mb PDF)

     
  • Li, D., C. Peng, H. You, M. C. Lamanna, J. D. Harris, K. J. Lacovara, and J. Zhang. 2007. A large therizinosauroid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Early Cretaceous of northwestern China. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 81: 539-549. E-print (389 Kb PDF).

     
  • Lamanna, M. C., H.-L. You, J. D. Harris, L. M. Chiappe, S.-A. Ji, J.-C. Lü, and Q. Ji. 2006. A partial skeleton of an enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of northwestern China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 51: 423-434. E-print (452 Kb PDF)

     
  • You, H.-L., M. C. Lamanna, J. D. Harris, L. M. Chiappe, J. O’Connor, S.-A. Ji, J.-C. Lü, C.-X. Yuan, D.-Q. Li, X. Zhang, K. J. Lacovara, P. Dodson, and Q. Ji. 2006. A nearly modern amphibious bird from the Early Cretaceous of northwestern China. Science 312: 1640-1643. E-print (320 Kb PDF); Supporting Online Material (1.7 Mb PDF)

     
  • Harris, J. D., M. C. Lamanna, H.-L. You, S.-A. Ji, and Q. Ji. 2006. A second enantiornithean (Aves: Ornithothoraces) wing from the Early Cretaceous Xiagou Formation near Changma, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 43: 547-554. E-print (1.4 Mb PDF).

     
  • Smith, J. B. and M. C. Lamanna. 2006. An abelisaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Egypt: implications for theropod biogeography. Naturwissenschaften 93: 242-245. E-print (154 Kb PDF).

     
  • Lamanna, M. C., J. B. Smith, Y. S. Attia, and P. Dodson. 2004. From dinosaurs to dyrosaurids (Crocodyliformes): removal of the post-Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous) record of Ornithischia from Africa. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24: 764-768. E-print (302 Kb PDF).

     
  • Holtz, T. R. Jr., R. E. Chapman, and M. C. Lamanna. 2004. Mesozoic biogeography of Dinosauria; pp. 627-642 in D. B. Weishampel, P. Dodson, and H. Osmólska (eds.), The Dinosauria (Second Edition). University of California Press, Berkeley. E-print (12 Mb PDF).

     
  • Martínez, R. D., O. Giménez, J. Rodríguez, M. Luna, and M. C. Lamanna. 2004. An articulated specimen of the basal titanosaurian (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) Epachthosaurus sciuttoi from the early Late Cretaceous Bajo Barreal Formation of Chubut Province, Argentina. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24: 107-120. E-print (3.0 Mb PDF).

     
  • Lamanna, M. C., R. D. Martínez, and J. B. Smith. 2002. A definitive abelisaurid theropod dinosaur from the early Late Cretaceous of Patagonia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22: 58-69. E-print (727 Kb PDF).

     
  • Nothdurft, W. E., with J. B. Smith, M. C. Lamanna, K. J. Lacovara, J. C. Poole, and J. R. Smith. 2002. The Lost Dinosaurs of Egypt. Random House, New York, 256 pp.

     
  • Smith, J. B., M. C. Lamanna, K. J. Lacovara, P. Dodson, J. R. Smith, J. C. Poole, R. F. Giegengack, and Y. Attia. 2001. A giant sauropod dinosaur from an Upper Cretaceous mangrove deposit in Egypt. Science 292: 1704-1706. E-print (211 Kb PDF).