Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Matthew Carrano

Research Geologist and Curator of Dinosauria
Department / Division
Education
  • B.S., Brown University
  • M.S., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
Research Interests

Large-scale evolutionary patterns within Dinosauria; systematics of basal Theropoda; vertebrate paleoecology of Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems; the dinosaur fossil record.

Publications
Journal Article

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Book
Presentation/Lecture
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2017. Windows into the world of giants [presentation]. Dinosaur Weekend, Burke Museum, University of Washington, 2017. Seattle, WA.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2017. Jurassic Park—In Concert [presentation]. National Symphony Orchestra, Wolf Trap, 2017. Vienna, VA.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2016. Vertebrate microfossil bonebeds as benchmarks for terrestrial vertebrate diversity and paleoecology through time [presentation]. Department of Integrated Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2016. Berkeley, CA.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2015. A curatorial perspective on the Deep Time exhibit renovation [presentation]. The Future of Museum and Gallery Design, Hong Kong University, 2015. Hong Kong.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2014. Challenges and benefits of using vertebrate microfossil bonebeds for understanding terrestrial paleoecosystems [presentation]. 4th International Palaeontological Congress, 2014. Mendoza.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2012. Paleoecology and biogeography of the vertebrate fauna of the Morrison Formation, Late Jurassic, western United States [presentation]. Tendaguru and Beyond : Vertebrates in Jurassic Ecosystems (Symposium), Centenary Meeting, Paläontologische Gessellschaft, 2012.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2012. Dinosaur detective stories: what do we know about dinosaurs, and how do we know it? [presentation]. Undergraduate Research and Design Symposium. Northern Arizona University., 2012. Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2011. The evolutionary history of basal tetanuran theropod dinosaurs [presentation]. IV Congreso Latinoamericano Paleontología de Vertebrados, San Juan.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2009. The phylogeny of megalosauroids (Dinosauria: Theropoda) with implications for the evolution of North African ecosystems [presentation]. First International Congress on North African Vertebrate Palaeontology, 2009. Morocco.
Book Chapter
  • Carrano, Matthew T., Wilson, Jeffrey A., and Barrett, Paul M. 2010. "The history of dinosaur collecting in central India, 1828-1947." In Dinosaurs and other Extinct Saurians: a Historical Perspective. Moody, R. T. J., Buffetaut, E., Naish, D., and Martill, D. M., editors. 161–173. London: Geological Society. In Geological Society Special Publication ; no. 343.
  • Hunt, Gene and Carrano, Matthew T. 2010. "Models and methods for analyzing phenotypic evolution in lineages and clades." In Quantitative Methods in Paleobiology. Alroy, John and Hunt, Gene, editors. 245–269. New Haven, CT: The Paleontological Society.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2007. "Walking and running dinosaurs." In Dinosaurs. Holtz, Thomas R., Jr., editor. 308. Random House Children's Books.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2006. "Body-size evolution in the Dinosauria." In Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. Carrano, Matthew T., Gaudin, T. J., Blob, R. W., and Wible, J. R., editors. 225–268. University of Chicago Press.
  • Crompton, A. W., Jenkins, F. A., Hopson, S., Gaudin, T. J., and Carrano, Matthew T. 2006. "James Allen Hopson: a biography." In Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. Carrano, Matthew T., Blob, R. W., Gaudin, T., and Wible, J., editors. 507–515. University of Chicago Press.
  • Gaudin, T. J. and Carrano, Matthew T. 2006. "James Allen Hopson: a bibliography (1964-2003)." In Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. Carrano, Matthew T., Blob, R. W., Gaudin, T., and Wible, J., editors. 507–515. University of Chicago Press.
  • Gaudin, T. J., Carrano, Matthew T., Blob, R. W., and Wible, J. R. 2006. "Introduction." In Amniote Paleobiology: Perspectives on the Evolution of Mammals, Birds, and Reptiles. Carrano, Matthew T., Blob, R. W., Gaudin, T., and Wible, J., editors. 1–17. University of Chicago Press.
  • Carrano, Matthew T. 2005. "The evolution of sauropod locomotion: morphological diversity of a secondarily quadrupedal radiation." In The Sauropods: Evolution and Paleobiology. Curry Rogers, K. A. and Wilson, J. A., editors. 229–251. University of California Press.