Noted paleontologist Paul Sereno to share adventures during talk at Oklahoma City University

Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago and founder of the science education nonprofit Project Exploration, will speak at Oklahoma City University on Sunday.
by Silas Allen Published: March 1, 2013
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Paul Sereno considers himself an unlikely scientist.

He didn't always do well in school, and didn't particularly like science. He wanted to be an artist.

Decades later, Sereno has discovered dinosaurs on five continents, led dozens of paleontology expeditions and holds the title of explorer-in-residence with the National Geographic Society.

Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago and founder of the science education nonprofit Project Exploration, will speak Sunday at Oklahoma City University.

During the speech, Sereno will discuss findings he's made on expeditions in Africa, particularly in the Sahara. Among those is an archaeological site that was inhabited by people who lived in the area when it was wet.

He'll discuss two new dinosaurs he discovered in the area. The names haven't been released to the public, he said, but one of the two was a burrowing dinosaur and the other was “something bigger and badder than T. Rex.”

Sereno plans to focus on the adventure that goes along with research in far-flung areas. It's easy to become bogged down in technical details and lose sight of the wonder that comes with scientific discovery, he said.

It's important to convey that side of science to younger students, Sereno said, because it's one of the discipline's more attractive qualities. It's what attracted him to the field in the first place, he said — bones and fossils captured his imagination.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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