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Mackenzie Matt with Dinosaur Institute Director Luis M. Chiappe and paleontological reconstruction artist Doyle Trankina on an expedition to the Mojave Desert in Spring of 2008.
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Meet the Students of “Proyecto Dinosaurios”

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Fossils in China

The Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries, a joint venture between the Dinosaur Institute of the and the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Southern California, coordinates research programs focused on Chinese fossil discoveries. Learn More >

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Outreach and Education

Proyecto Dinosaurios

Community colleges are key targets to mitigate the severe under-representation of minorities in the geosciences. “Proyecto Dinosaurios” is a summer internship program that aims to build a network of cooperation between community colleges in the greater Los Angeles area and the Dinosaur Institute, and to use the appeal of dinosaurs to engage underrepresented undergraduates in geoscience research. This year, Proyecto Dinosaurios is funded by The Ahmanson Foundation.  Learn More

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships

An institutional partner of the PIPS program (Professional Internships for PhD Students), the Dinosaur Institute is excited to work with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s (BBSRC) Bioscience for the Future program and over 24 Universities and Colleges across the United Kingdom to provide unique opportunities for qualified candidates in the biosciences to experience the many aspects of vertebrate paleontology in a recognized, world class facility. Since 2013, the DI has hosted interns from the University of Manchester but we look forward to making our facility available to more UK institutions.

Princeton Internships in Civic Service PICS

The Dinosaur Institute is proud to host a PICS Internship through the Career Services, Princeton University.  PICS was founded by the Class of 1969, and its internships for Princeton undergraduates are created and funded by Princeton Alumni, Classes and Regional Associations.

Popular Publications

Birds of Stone:  Chinese Avian Fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs

Title: Birds of Stone: Chinese Avian Fossils from the Age of Dinosaurs
Author: Luis M. Chiappe and Meng Qingjin
Published: John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, M. c2016.
Description: 184 color photos, 5 b&w photos, 11 line drawings; 22 x 27 cm.
ISBN: 9781421420240

Glorified Dinosaurs: Origins and Early Evolution of Birds

Title: Glorified Dinosaurs: Origins and Early Evolution of Birds
Authors: Luis M. Chiappe
Published: Hoboken, N.J.; John Wiley, 2006.
Description: 219 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN: 0471247235

Dinosaur Eggs Discovered Unscrambling the Clues

Title: Dinosaur Eggs Discovered! Unscrambling the Clues
Authors: Lowell Dingus, Luis M. Chiappe and Rodolfo Coria
Published: University of California Press, Berkeley, California. c2002.
Description: xii, 520 p. : ill.; 29 cm.
ISBN: 0520200942

Walking on Eggs: The Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia

Title: Walking on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia
Authors: Luis M. Chiappe and Lowell Dingus
Published: Scribner, New York. 2001.
Description: 219 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
ISBN: 0743212118

The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs

Title: The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs
Author: Lowell Dingus and Luis M. Chiappe
Published: Random House, New York, N.Y. c1999.
Description: 42 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 22 x 29 cm.
ISBN: 0385326424