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Mark Norell’s work has taken him around the globe, ever

since he began going on scientific expeditions at the age

of 14. His life’s work—exploring for dinosaurs—has taken

him on 20 international expeditions. In the last few years, he

has worked actively in Patagonia, Cuba, the Chilean Andes,

the Sahara, West Africa, and Mongolia. In 1989, Dr. Norell

accepted a curatorial position at the American Museum of

Natural History in New York, and he is now chairman and

curator of its Division of Paleontology.

According to the museum’s Web site, Norell’s accomplishments

include the discovery of the richest Cretaceous

fossil locality in the world, the first embryo of a theropod dinosaur,

and the first indication of a dinosaur nesting on a

clutch of eggs like a bird.

His work regularly appears in major scientific journals

(including cover stories in Science and Nature), and he was

cited by Time magazine for one of the 10 most significant

science stories of 1994 and 1996, and in 1993, 1994, and 1996

as the author of one of Discover magazine’s top 50 science

stories of the year.

Between expeditions and the demands of a scientific career,

Dr. Norell lectures to the general public and writes books

and articles for diverse audiences. The second edition of Discovering

Dinosaurs won Scientific American’s Young Readers

Book of the Year Award.