Paul Sereno2009 Distinguished Explorer Announced

Dr. Sereno had been selected to receive the seventh annual Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award.

Following in the footsteps of Beloit native Roy Chapman Andrews, Dr. Sereno has made some of the most important dinosaur and fossil finds of the past 20 years.

He says about his work: “I see paleontology as ‘adventure with a purpose.’ How else to describe a science that allows you to romp in remote corners of the globe, resurrecting gargantuan creatures that have never been seen?”

“In paleontology, I saw an irresistible combination of travel, adventure, art, biology and geology.”

…his team made the startling discovery of the remains of a 40-foot crocodile-the world’s largest-dubbed SuperCroc.

Distinguished Explorer Award Presentation

  • Thursday, January 22, 2009
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • Eaton Chapel, Beloit College
  • FREE!  (bring the kids!)

Acceptance lecture

“Living Indiana Jones”

The program is free and open to the public.

School Program:

10:30 a.m.
Beloit Memorial High School

Suchomimus Paul Sereno

I see paleontology as ‘adventure with a purpose’ 

More about Dr. Paul Sereno

Paul Sereno

A native of Naperville, Ill., Paul Sereno attended Northern Illinois University and received his doctorate from Columbia University and New York’s American Museum of National History. In 1987,he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where he teaches paleontology and evolution to graduate and undergraduate students and human anatomy to medical students.

In 1999, Dr. Sereno, along with educator Gabrielle Lyon, founded Project Exploration, a nonprofit organization that gives minority youth and girls the opportunity to experience the excitement of science and discovery. Project Exploration has engaged thousands of Chicago-area teachers and inner-city students in doing science.

Dr. Sereno does his science around the world. In Africa’s Sahara Desert, his team made the startling discovery of the remains of a 40-foot crocodile-the world’s largest-dubbed SuperCroc. Sereno has brought this ancient predator back to life in books and videos. Other finds include the earliest known dinosaurs (found in South America) and the first pterosaur (flying reptile) found in Africa.

Paul Sereno Paleontologist WebsiteRecently switching from paleontology to archaeology, Sereno’s team found a large cemetery in the Sahara that was in use 5,000-10,000 years ago. Along with hundreds of human skeletons, remains of plants and animals show that the area was lush and green, not the dry desert it is today.

Paul Sereno has won many prestigious awards including the Chicago Tribune’s Teacher of the Year Award, the Boston Museum of Science’s Walker Prize for extraordinary contributions in paleontology, and Columbia University’s University Medal for Excellence.