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Luis María Chiappe (born 18 June 1962) is an Argentine paleontologist born in Buenos Aires who is best known for his discovery of the first sauropod nesting sites in the badlands of Patagonia in 1997. He is currently the Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and director of the museum's Dinosaur Institute.[1] He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History, New York, after immigrating from Argentina.

Luis M. Chiappe
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Luis M. Chiappe in the field 2009
Born18 June 1962
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Scientific career
InstitutionsNatural History Museum of Los Angeles County

He is world-renowned for his research on the origin and early evolution birds, the curator of the award winning Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,[2] an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California,[3] BBC advisor and author of scientific and popular books.[4]

Chiappe is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,[5] a laureate of the Alexander Humboldt Foundation, and a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing.[6]


  • Chiappe, L.M. Qingjin, M. 2016. Birds of Stone.(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), ISBN 978-1421420240.
  • Chiappe, L.M. 2007. Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds. (Wiley-Liss,2007), ISBN 978-0471247234.
  • (with Dingus K); The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs (Doubleday Books, 1999), ISBN 0385326424.
  • (with Dingus K); Walking on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia (Scribner,2001), ISBN 0-7432-1377-7.
  • (with Witmer L); Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs (University of California Press, 2002), ISBN 0-520-20094-2.


  1. ^ "Dinosaur Institute Staff Biographies - Natural History Museum of Los Angeles". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Giants Tiptoe at a Los Angeles Museum". July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ Hayden, Tyler. "Luis Chiappe's USC Faculty Profile". USC Faculty Profile. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Luis M Chiappe - Publications List". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  5. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation - Luis Maria Chiappe". Retrieved 13 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Luis M Chiappe". Retrieved 13 May 2015.

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