Vertebrate Paleontology

Collection Manager Amy C. Henrici

Amy Henrici HenriciA@carnegiemnh.org
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213–4080
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Amy Henrici is Collection Manager for Vertebrate Paleontology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. Vertebrate Paleontology houses one of the world’s largest dinosaur collections and is among the most active vertebrate paleontological research groups in the nation.

Henrici received her MS in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. Her research currently focuses on Permian tetrapods from North America and Central Europe and the diversity and evolution of fossil frogs and toads.

Since 1993, Henrici has participated in excavations in the Bromacker Quarry in central Germany. The Bromacker excavations have yielded numerous superbly preserved specimens of highly terrestrial amphibians and reptiles from the early part of the Permian period (290–250 million years ago), nearly 80 million years before the Age of Dinosaurs. Major discoveries at the Bromacker Quarry include Eudibamus cursoris, the oldest known bipedal reptile, and Orobates pabsti, the most primitive plant-eating land animal ever found.

Henrici began her career at Carnegie Museum of Natural History as a scientific preparator, extracting various fossils including frogs, Permian tetrapods, dinosaurs, and mammals. Besides the Bromacker project, Henrici has also participated in a variety of field work, ranging from excavating large blocks containing the small, carnivorous dinosaur Coelophysis to collecting frogs and mammals from the early Tertiary of Wyoming.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked as one of the top five natural history museums in the country. The museum maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available at www.carnegiemnh.org.

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