Career of the Month: An interview with Dinosaur Paleontologist Matthew Carranoby: Megan Sullivan

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In the hunt for dinosaurs, only a small number of species have been unearthed. Many answers remain buried, awaiting discovery, which is why dinosaur paleontology today is such a thriving field. Dinosaur paleontologist Matthew Carrano not only works with real dinosaur bones every day, but he contributes to the centuries-old process of furthering scientific understanding. To Carrano, it’s always exciting to uncover a new dinosaur fossil and be the first person in the history of the universe to see and touch it.

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  • on Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:56 AM

This scientist found his career path as a small child reading about dinosaurs. Dinosaurs interest most small children because it is such an interesting field with new discoveries constantly. So if a student is interested in science and history of the earth, this would be a great career.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:36 AM

To be a paleontologist you need an interest in fossils and a background in biology and geology. Dr. Carano fulfilled his second grade interest in dinosaurs by following these areas to become the Curator of Dinosaurs at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. Aside from obvious research chores he also develops new exhibits and gives lectures. This article provides links to his work and is an interesting read for students who love to explore the past.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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