Dr. Nathan Smith supervises the Dinosaur Institute staff and conducts research on dinosaur evolution. Fieldwork has taken Dr. Smith to Antarctica, Argentina, China, and the western USA. His research is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and focuses on the evolution of Triassic–Jurassic dinosaurs and the use of comparative methods in paleontology. The origin and diversification of dinosaurs represents one of the most poorly known events of vertebrate evolution, and Dr. Smith's work in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, and Antarctica has filled major gaps in our understanding of early dinosaurs and their world. His Antarctic field program is featured in the 3-D IMAX® movie, “Dinosaurs of Antarctica,” and he co-curated the traveling exhibit “Antarctic Dinosaurs.”
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