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Michael Novacek has served since 1982 as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History where he is currently also Senior Vice President and Provost of Science. He has led paleontological expeditions to Baja California, Mexico, the Andes Mountains of Chile, the Yemen Arab Republic, and Gobi Desert of Mongolia in search of fossil mammals and dinosaurs. The Mongolian expeditions mark the first return of a western scientific team to the country in over sixty years and have received world-wide scientific and public attention. Novacek is the author of over more than 150 titles, including articles in the international scientific journals Science and Nature. He has co-edited books on Extinction and Phylogeny (1992) and Mammal Phylogeny (1993) and is author of a popular book on the Gobi expeditions, Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs (1996). Novacek has also served as President of the Society of Systematic Biologists, Chair of the Science Advisory Committee for the Yale University Biospherics Institute, and the Bioadvisory Committee for the National Science Foundation. In 1994 Dr. Novacek was elected to the Board of the AAAS, the principal organization representing the professional scientific community. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Science and Technology.


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