Vertebrate Paleontology

Assistant Curator Matthew C. Lamanna

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

Matt Lamanna is Assistant Curator of 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.

Lamanna received his PhD in 2004 and his MSc in 1999 from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Earth and Environmental Science. His research focuses on dinosaurs, birds, and crocodilians that lived during the Cretaceous Period—the third and final time period of the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs.

Lamanna is involved with two principal research projects. One project investigates the evolution, diversity, and distribution of Late Cretaceous-aged dinosaurs from the Southern Hemisphere, and is centered on field research in Argentine Patagonia, the Egyptian Sahara, the Australian Outback, and the Antarctic Peninsula. The second project examines the early evolution of birds as revealed by extraordinary, recently discovered Early Cretaceous fossils from northwestern China. Over the course of these projects, Lamanna and his colleagues have discovered and named multiple new dinosaur species, including Paralititan stromeri, a long-necked herbivore from Egypt that is among the largest land animals yet found. Lamanna has given frequent invited lectures and has published numerous technical abstracts and papers, including two articles in the prestigious journal Science.

Lamanna served as lead scientific advisor for Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s $36 million, 22,000 ft2 Dinosaurs in Their Time exhibition, in which the museum’s historic Dinosaur Hall was expanded and updated based on current scientific understanding of dinosaur biology and Mesozoic biodiversity. The exhibition is home to the nation’s third largest display of mounted original dinosaur skeletons.

Lamanna has also co-advised dinosaur exhibitions for other institutions, including the Miami Science Museum and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He has lent his expertise to a wide variety of print and broadcast media, including PBS, ABC, CNN, BBC, Discovery Channel, A&E, History Channel, Science Channel, Fox News, National Public Radio, Random House, Dorling Kindersley, HarperCollins, Facts on File, Treasure Bay, The New York Times, and Science.

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 millions of objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available at

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