Award-winning dinosaur expert channels childhood passion

Paleontologist Phil Currie awarded the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross.

News Staff - 8 December 2016

When it comes to dinosaurs, Philip Currie is a household name.

"I've been interested in dinosaurs since childhood," says Currie, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology. "The excitement of discovery-both fossils in the field and ideas in the lab-constantly renews my interest."

On December 8, 2016, Currie received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross for his use of CT scanners to generate three-dimensional models of fossil specimens to study the biomechanics, growth and physiology of dinosaurs. An innovator in paleontology, he has significantly contributed to the profile of paleontological research in Canada, and has brought the study of fossils into the national and international spotlight.

Currie's work with dinosaurs focuses on problems with growth and variation, the anatomy and relationships of carnivorous dinosaurs, and the origin of birds. For more information on Currie's recent discoveries: