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Meet a Paleontologist

Hans Deitre-Sues This photo shows me with a block of sandstone showing digging traces of a Cambrian trilobite from northeastern Wyoming.


Hans Deitre-Sues This photo shows me having excavated an incomplete skull of what turned out to be a new dinosaur related to duck-billed dinosaurs in the Kyzylkum Desert of Uzbekistan in Asia.

Hans Deitre-Sues

Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution

NFD Kid's Page Interview...

What is your job, and what do you study?

I am Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. I study dinosaurs and other reptiles from the Age of the Dinosaurs.

What are you working on now?

I am now working on an exhibit on the life and times of the dinosaur Triceratops, which will open at the National Museum of Natural History in late 2014 or early 2015.

Where did you go to school? What were some of your favorite classes that you took?

What were some of your favorite classes that you took? I received my academic education at the University of Alberta and Harvard University. My favorite classes were in paleontology and vertebrate biology.

Was there an experience you had that made you realize you wanted to be a paleontologist?

My parents gave me a book on prehistoric life when I was four years old. The strange, long-extinct creatures pictured in that book enthralled me and I knew that I wanted to spend my life finding out more about them.

What is your most memorable experience working with fossils?

Discovering new kinds of extinct animals is thrilling. To be the first person seeing the fossils of a new creature is unlike anything one can experience.

Do you have any advice for aspiring paleontologists?

Make sure that you get a good education in the earth and life sciences and always maintain your enthusiasm.

NFD Kid's Page Paleontologist Interviews:

Cassi Knight  Roy Plotnick  Thomas Holtz  Sidney Ash  Joshua Samuels  Alan Titus  Vince Santucci  Josh Bonde 
Michelle Pinsdorf  Glenn W. Storrs  Rebecca Hunt-Foster  Arthur J. Boucot  Robert B. Blodgett  Greg McDonald  Eric Scott  Sally Shelton 
Hans Deitre-Sues  Jim Kirkland  Alton Dooley  Karen Chin  Erica Clites  Katie Loughney  Richard Kissel  Andrew Heckert 
John Repetski  Christy Visaggi  John Hoganson  Scott Foss  Bruce Schumacher  Scott Sampson  Greg Liggett  Jere Lipps 
Matthew Miller  David Brezinski  James Hagadorn  Kari Prassack  Tony Fiorillo  Mike Fracasso  Diana Boudreau  Phil Varela 
Mindy Householder  Andrew Milner  Don Prothero  Bill Parker  Kenshu Shimada  Jason Schein  Robyn Henderek 

Cassi Knight
Roy Plotnick
Thomas Holtz
Sidney Ash
Joshua Samuels
Alan Titus
Vincent Santucci
Josh Bonde
Michelle Pinsdorf
Glenn W. Storrs
Rebecca Hunt-Foster
Arthur J. Boucot
Robert B. Blodgett
Greg McDonald
Eric Scott
Sally Shelton
Hans Deitre-Sues
Jim Kirkland
Alton Dooley
Karen Chin
Erica Clites
Katie Loughney
Richard Kissel
Andrew Heckert
John Repetski
Christy Visaggi
John Hoganson
Scott Foss
Bruce Schumacher
Scott Sampson
Greg Liggett
Jere Lipps
Matthew Miller
David Brezinski
James Hagadorn
Kari Prassack
Tony Fiorillo
Mike Fracasso
Diana Boudreau
Phil Varela
Mindy Householder
Andrew Milner
Don Prothero
Bill Parker
Kenshu Shimada
Jason Schein
Robyn Henderek


Last updated: June 12, 2013