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PRESS RELEASE - Prominent Paleontologist Honored by Alberta Order of Excellence


DEERFIELD, IL (June 24, 2010) – Dr. Phillip Currie, Vice President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, professor at the University of Alberta, and a world-renowned expert on dinosaurs, has been honored with investiture in the Alberta Order of Excellence (AOE).  The AOE is the highest honor the province can bestow on a citizen.  Dr. Currie is one of only eight new members for 2010 and will be inducted into the Order in a ceremony in Edmonton on October 20.

Currie was selected based on his outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta, and for his extraordinary leadership in the field of vertebrate paleontology. Currie’s scientific accomplishments have resulted in a greater understanding of dinosaurs and their historic significance. He was instrumental in the development of Alberta's Royal Tyrrell Museum and has made major contributions to paleontology on both the Canadian and the world stage through his extensive fieldwork, academic research, writing and teaching. Blaire Van Valkenburgh, SVP’s President, stated that “Phil is a terrific scientist who brings dinosaurs to life through his in-depth analyses of their growth, behavior and evolution.”

About the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Founded in 1940 by thirty-four paleontologists, the Society now has more than 2,500 members representing professionals, students, artists, preparators and others interested in vertebrate paleontology. It is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, with the object of advancing the science of vertebrate paleontology.


Meagan Comerford
mcomerford@vertpaleo.org; +1-847-480-9095 x246 


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