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Volume 5101
Philip J. Currie 
Dr. Currie: World Renowned Paleontologist & Dinosaur Hunter 
Inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In his teenage years Phil published a series of fanzines 
devoted to the works of ERB

Fantastic Worlds  and  ERBivore :: '60s and '70s

No. 1: Fantastic Worlds
September 1965
No. 2: Fantastic Worlds
August 1966 
No. 3: ERBivore
July 1967 
No. 4: ERBivore
September 1968 
No. 4a: ERBivore Supplement
September 1970 
No. 5: ERBivore
March 1972 
No. 6: ERBivore
August 1973 
No. 6/7 Double: ERBivore
August 1973 

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Philip J. Currie: Biography 
Philip J. Currie has specialized in fossils from Cretaceous sites (dating from the latter part of the dinosaur age) around the world. He is particularly interested in the evolution and classification of carnivorous dinosaurs (theropods) and their living descendants, birds. As part of the ChinaCanada Dinosaur Project, he helped describe the recently discovered feathered theropods (Protarchaeopteryx and Caudipteryx) of China, which clear evidence of the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Other research has focused on dinosaur footprints, as well as dinosaur growth and variation. 

Currie is well known for his reconstructions of dinosaur herding behaviour and migration. In particular, he has suggested that the horned dinosaurs that left their remains in the "Centrosaurus bonebed" of Dinosaur Provincial Park were herding animals caught in a torrential flood while crossing a river. Currie has described other horned dinosaurs, such as Pachycephalosaurus, as long-distance migrants, moving north and south each year according to the seasons. These hypotheses are at the heart of Currie's motivations as a palaeontologist - to imagine the dinosaurs as living animals in their ancient environments and south each year according to the seasons. At the heart of Currie's motivations as a palaeontologist is to imagine the dinosaurs as living animals in their ancient environments. In 1997, Currie teamed up with Microsoft's Chief Technical Officer Nathan Myhrvold to create a computer model demonstrating that diplodocids could snap their tails like whips, and create small sonic booms. 

Much of Currie's success has been the result of cooperation and teamwork. He has an ability to coordinate the efforts of others, and has edited or co-edited a number of important collections of dinosaur-related works, including the monumental Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs published in 1997 by Academic Press. Dr. Currie has named dozens of new species in China, Mongolia and North America, and has led or participated in major expeditions to Mongolia, Argentina, Madagascar, Indonesia, south Africa and Antarctica, and was recently inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence. He was prominently involved in the Canada-China Dinosaur Project in the late 1980s. The project was the first Chinese-Western collaboration since the American museum expeditions to Outer Mongolia in the early part of the century. Numerous important fossil discoveries were made through the Canada-China Dinosaur Project. Among them was the identification of a new species of theropods through the find of a group of young armoured dinosaurs (Pinacosaurus) that perished in a sandstorm in the Gobi Desert. The project helped forge important ties between palaeontologists from both countries, greatly improving our collective understanding of the Late Cretaceous world. The cooperation still continues, facilitating ongoing discoveries in palaeontology.  He was also one of the models for palaeontologist Alan Grant in the film Jurrassic Park.

Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum
112 Wembley, Alberta T0H 3S0
(In 2015, a museum entitled to Philip J. Currie, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, was opened in Wembley, Alberta. The museum, designed by Teeple Architects, celebrates one of the world’s richest dinosaur-bone beds, Pipestone Creek)

Dr. Currie with ERBzine editor, Bill Hillman

Dr. Currie was Guest of Honour
at the 2013 Louisville Dum-Dum

Louisville Dum-Dum 2013: August 8-11


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