Luis M. Chiappe


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

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 and for his work on the origin and early evolution of Mesozoic birds. 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. Chiappe is currently 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]

Academic Contributions

Chiappe has published nearly 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals, with over 12,000 citations.[7] He has numerous publications in high-profile scientific journals, including Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics, Current Biology, Gondwana Research, Nature, Nature Communications, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Science, and Scientific Reports. He is best known for his extensive work on the origin and early evolution of birds, although he is also well-known for work on sauropod nesting sites and embryos from Patagonia, on which he has authored several books and articles,[8][9] and on pterosaur embryos.[10][11]

Below is a list of taxa that Chiappe has contributed to naming:

Year Taxon Authors
2019 Gretcheniao sinensis gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe, Qingjin, Serrano, Sigurdsen, Min, Bell, & Di[12]
2019 Elektorornis chenguangi gen. et sp. nov. Xing, O'Connor, Chiappe, McKellar, Carroll, Hu, Bai, & Lei[13]
2019 Orienantius ritteri gen. et sp.. nov. Liu, Chiappe, Zhang, Serrano, & Meng[14]
2015 Fumicollis hoffmani gen. et sp. nov. Bell & Chiappe[15]
2014 Gansus zheni sp. nov. Liu, Chiappe, Zhang, Bell, Meng, Ji, & Wang[16]
2014 Changyuraptor yangi gen. et sp. nov. Han, Chiappe, Ji, Habib, Turner, Chinsamy, Liu, & Han[17]
2013 Zhouornis hani sp. nov. Zhang, Chiappe, Han, & Chinsamy[18]
2013 Overosaurus paradasorum gen. et sp. nov. Coria, Filippi, Chiappe, Garcia, & Arcucci[19]
2013 Sulcavis geeorum, gen. et sp. nov. O'Connor, Zhang, Chiappe, Meng, Quanguo, & Di[20]
2010 Morsoravis sedilis gen. et sp. nov. Bertelli, Lindow, Dyke, & Chiappe[21]
2010 Shenqiornis mengi gen. et sp. nov. Wang, O'Connor, Zhao, Chiappe, Gao, & Cheng[22]
2010 Longicrusavis houi gen. et sp. nov. O'Connor, Gao, & Chiappe
2010 Hollanda luceria gen. et sp. nov. Bell, Chiappe, Erickson, Suzuki, Watabe, Barsbold, Tsogtbaatar[23]
2008 Zhongornis haoae gen. et sp. nov. Gao, Chiappe, Meng, O'Connor, Wang, Cheng, & Liu[24]
2007 Kelenken guillermoi gen. et sp. nov. Bertelli, Chiappe, & Tambussi[25]
2007 Elsornis keni gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe, Suzuki, Dyke, Watabe, Tsogtbaatar, & Barsbold[26]
2006 Dalingheornis liweii gen. et sp. nov. Zihui, Lianhai, Yoshikasu, O'Connor, Martin, & Chiappe[27]
2006 Juravenator starki gen. et sp. nov. Göhlich & Chiappe, 2006[28]
2002 Aucasaurus garridoi gen. et sp. nov. Coria, Chiappe, & Dingus[29]
2002 Halimornis thompsoni gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe, Lamb, & Ericson[30]
2001 Limenavis patagonica gen. et sp. nov. Clarke & Chiappe[31]
1999 Changchengornis hengdaoziensis gen. et sp. nov. Qiang, Chiappe, & Shu' An[32]
1998 Shuvuuia deserti gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe, Norell, & Clark[33]
1996 Vorona berivotrensis gen. et sp. nov. Forster, Chiappe, Krause, & Sampson[34]
1996 Eoalulavis hoyasi gen. et sp. nov. Sanz, Chiappe, Pérez-Moreno, Buscalioni, Moratalla, Ortega, & Poyato-Ariza[35]
1995 Avisaurus gloriae sp. nov. Varrichio & Chiappe[36]
1994 Neuquenornis volans gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe & Calvo[37]
1993 Mononychus olecranus gen. et sp. nov. Altangerel, Norell, Chiappe, & Clark[38]
1988 Amargasuchus minor gen. et sp. nov. Chiappe[39]
1988 Caiman tremembensis sp. nov. Chiappe[40]


  • 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.
  • Dingus, L.; Chiappe, L.M. The Tiniest Giants: Discovering Dinosaur Eggs (Doubleday Books, 1999), ISBN 0385326424.
  • Chiappe, L.M.; Dingus, L. Walking on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia (Scribner, 2001), ISBN 0-7432-1377-7.
  • Chiappe, L.M.; Dingus, L. The Lost Dinosaurs: The Astonishing Discovery of the World's Largest Prehistoric Nesting Ground (Abacus, 2002), ISBN 0-3491-1351-3
  • Chiappe, L.M.; 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.
  7. ^ "Luis M. Chiappe - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2020-01-23.
  8. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Coria, Rodolfo A.; Dingus, Lowell; Jackson, Frankie; Chinsamy, Anusuya; Fox, Marilyn (1998). "Sauropod dinosaur embryos from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia". Nature. 396 (6708): 258–261. doi:10.1038/24370. ISSN 0028-0836.
  9. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Salgado, Leonardo; Coria, Rodolfo A. (2001-09-28). "Embryonic Skulls of Titanosaur Sauropod Dinosaurs". Science. 293 (5539): 2444–2446. doi:10.1126/science.1063723. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 11577234.
  10. ^ Codorniú, Laura; Chiappe, Luis M (2004-01-01). "Early juvenile pterosaurs (Pterodactyloidea: Pterodaustro guinazui) from the Lower Cretaceous of central Argentina". Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 41 (1): 9–18. doi:10.1139/e03-080. ISSN 0008-4077.
  11. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Codorniú, Laura; Grellet-Tinner, Gerald; Rivarola, David (2004). "Argentinian unhatched pterosaur fossil". Nature. 432 (7017): 571–572. doi:10.1038/432571a. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 15577899.
  12. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Qingjin, Meng; Serrano, Francisco; Sigurdsen, Trond; Min, Wang; Bell, Alyssa; Di, Liu (2019-10-25). "New Bohaiornis-like bird from the Early Cretaceous of China: enantiornithine interrelationships and flight performance". PeerJ. 7: e7846. doi:10.7717/peerj.7846. ISSN 2167-8359. PMC 6816414. PMID 31667014.
  13. ^ Xing, Lida; O’Connor, Jingmai K.; Chiappe, Luis M.; McKellar, Ryan C.; Carroll, Nathan; Hu, Han; Bai, Ming; Lei, Fumin (2019). "A New Enantiornithine Bird with Unusual Pedal Proportions Found in Amber". Current Biology. 29 (15): 2594. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.07.042. ISSN 0960-9822. PMID 31386840.
  14. ^ Liu, Di; Chiappe, L.M.; Zhang, Yuguang; Serrano, F.J.; Meng, Qingjin (2019). "Soft tissue preservation in two new enantiornithine specimens (Aves) from the Lower Cretaceous Huajiying Formation of Hebei Province, China". Cretaceous Research. 95: 191–207. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2018.10.017. ISSN 0195-6671.
  15. ^ Bell, Alyssa; Chiappe, Luis M. (2015-11-18). "Identification of a New Hesperornithiform from the Cretaceous Niobrara Chalk and Implications for Ecologic Diversity among Early Diving Birds". PLOS One. 10 (11): e0141690. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141690. ISSN 1932-6203. PMC 4651437. PMID 26580402.
  16. ^ LIU, DI; CHIAPPE, LUIS M.; ZHANG, YUGUANG; BELL, ALYSSA; MENG, QINGJIN; JI, QIANG; WANG, XURI (2014-11-14). "An advanced, new long-legged bird from the Early Cretaceous of the Jehol Group (northeastern China): insights into the temporal divergence of modern birds". Zootaxa. 3884 (3): 253–66. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3884.3.4. ISSN 1175-5334. PMID 25543783.
  17. ^ Han, Gang; Chiappe, Luis M.; Ji, Shu-An; Habib, Michael; Turner, Alan H.; Chinsamy, Anusuya; Liu, Xueling; Han, Lizhuo (2014). "A new raptorial dinosaur with exceptionally long feathering provides insights into dromaeosaurid flight performance". Nature Communications. 5 (1): 4382. doi:10.1038/ncomms5382. ISSN 2041-1723. PMID 25025742.
  18. ^ Zhang, Zihui; Chiappe, Luis M.; Han, Gang; Chinsamy, Anusuya (2013). "A large bird from the Early Cretaceous of China: new information on the skull of enantiornithines". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 33 (5): 1176–1189. doi:10.1080/02724634.2013.762708. ISSN 0272-4634.
  19. ^ CORIA, RODOLFO A.; FILIPPI, LEONARDO S.; CHIAPPE, LUIS M.; GARCÍA, RODOLFO; ARCUCCI, ANDREA B. (2013-07-05). "Overosaurus paradasorum gen. et sp. nov. , a new sauropod dinosaur (Titanosauria: Lithostrotia) from the Late Cretaceous of Neuquén, Patagonia, Argentina". Zootaxa. 3683 (4): 357–76. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3683.4.2. ISSN 1175-5334. PMID 25250458.
  20. ^ O’Connor, Jingmai K.; Zhang, Yuguang; Chiappe, Luis M.; Meng, Qingjin; Quanguo, Li; Di, Liu (2013). "A new enantiornithine from the Yixian Formation with the first recognized avian enamel specialization". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 33 (1): 1–12. doi:10.1080/02724634.2012.719176. ISSN 0272-4634.
  21. ^ BERTELLI, SARA; LINDOW, BENT E. K.; DYKE, GARETH J.; CHIAPPE, LUIS M. (2010). "A well-preserved 'charadriiform-like' fossil bird from the Early Eocene Fur Formation of Denmark". Palaeontology. 53 (3): 507–531. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2010.00950.x. ISSN 0031-0239.
  22. ^ WANG, Xuri; O'CONNOR, Jingmai K.; ZHAO, Bo; CHIAPPE, Luis M.; GAO, Chunling; CHENG, Xiaodong (2010-03-22). "New Species of Enantiornithes (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from the Qiaotou Formation in Northern Hebei, China". Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition. 84 (2): 247–256. doi:10.1111/j.1755-6724.2010.00156.x. ISSN 1000-9515.
  23. ^ Bell, Alyssa K.; Chiappe, Luis M.; Erickson, Gregory M.; Suzuki, Shigeru; Watabe, Mahito; Barsbold, Rinchen; Tsogtbaatar, K. (2010). "Description and ecologic analysis of Hollanda luceria, a Late Cretaceous bird from the Gobi Desert (Mongolia)". Cretaceous Research. 31 (1): 16–26. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2009.09.001. ISSN 0195-6671.
  24. ^ GAO, CHUNLING; CHIAPPE, LUIS M.; MENG, QINJING; OCONNOR, JINGMAI K.; WANG, XURI; CHENG, XIAODONG; LIU, JINYUAN (2008). "A New Basal Lineage of Early Cretaceous Birds from China and ITS Implications on the Evolution of the Avian Tail". Palaeontology. 51 (4): 775–791. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00793.x. ISSN 0031-0239.
  25. ^ Bertelli, Sara; Chiappe, Luis M.; Tambussi, Claudia (2007-06-12). "A new phorusrhacid (Aves: Cariamae) from the middle Miocene of Patagonia, Argentina". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 27 (2): 409–419. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2007)27[409:anpacf];2. ISSN 0272-4634.
  26. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Suzuki, Shigeru; Dyke, Gareth J.; Watabe, Mahito; Tsogtbaatar, K.; Barsbold, Rinchen (2007). "A new Enantiornithine bird from the Late Cretaceous of the Gobi desert". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 5 (2): 193–208. doi:10.1017/s1477201906001969. ISSN 1477-2019.
  27. ^ Zihui, ZHANG; Lianhai, HOU; Yoshikasu, HASEGAWA; O'CONNOR, Jingmai; MARTIN, Larry D.; CHIAPPE, Luis M. (2010-09-07). "The First Mesozoic Heterodactyl Bird from China". Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition. 80 (5): 631–635. doi:10.1111/j.1755-6724.2006.tb00285.x. ISSN 1000-9515.
  28. ^ Göhlich, Ursula B. Tischlinger, Helmut Chiappe, Luis M. Juravenator starki (reptilia, theropoda), ein neuer Raubdinosaurier aus dem Oberjura der Südlichen Frankenalb (Süddeutschland): Skelettanatomie und Weichteilbefunde = Juravenator starki (reptilia), a new theropod dinosaur from the Upper Jurassic of the Southern Franconian Alb (Southern Germany) : skeletal anatomy and soft tissue. OCLC 1117619158.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  29. ^ RUIZ, JAVIER; TORICES, ANGÉLICA; SERRANO, HUMBERTO; LÓPEZ, VALLE (2011-09-19). "The hand structure of Carnotaurus sastrei (Theropoda, Abelisauridae): implications for hand diversity and evolution in abelisaurids" (PDF). Palaeontology. 54 (6): 1271–1277. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2011.01091.x. ISSN 0031-0239.
  30. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Lamb, James P.; Ericson, Per G. P. (2002-03-14). "New enantiornithine bird from the marine Upper Cretaceous of Alabama". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 22 (1): 170–174. doi:10.1671/0272-4634(2002)022[0170:nebftm];2. ISSN 0272-4634.
  31. ^ CLARKE, JULIA A.; CHIAPPE, LUIS M. (2001). "A New Carinate Bird from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia (Argentina)". American Museum Novitates. 3323: 1–24. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2001)323<0001:ancbft>;2. ISSN 0003-0082.
  32. ^ Qiang, Ji; Chiappe, Luis M.; Shu'An, Ji (1999-03-15). "A new late Mesozoic confuciusornithid bird from China". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 19 (1): 1–7. doi:10.1080/02724634.1999.10011117. ISSN 0272-4634.
  33. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Norell, Mark A.; Clark, James M. (1998). "The skull of a relative of the stem-group bird Mononykus". Nature. 392 (6673): 275–278. doi:10.1038/32642. ISSN 0028-0836.
  34. ^ Forster, Catherine A.; Chiappe, Luis M.; Krause, David W.; Sampson, Scott D. (August 1996). "The first Cretaceous bird from Madagascar". Nature. 382 (6591): 532–534. doi:10.1038/382532a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  35. ^ Sanz, José L.; Chiappe, Luis M.; Pérez-Moreno, Bernardino P.; Buscalioni, Angela D.; Moratalla, José J.; Ortega, Francisco; Poyato-Ariza, Francisco J. (1996). "An Early Cretaceous bird from Spain and its implications for the evolution of avian flight". Nature. 382 (6590): 442–445. doi:10.1038/382442a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  36. ^ Varricchio, David J.; Chiappe, Luis M. (1995-03-14). "A New Enantiornithine Bird From the Upper Cretaceous Two Medicine Formation of Montana". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 15 (1): 201–204. doi:10.1080/02724634.1995.10011219. ISSN 0272-4634.
  37. ^ Chiappe, Luis M.; Calvo, Jorge O. (1994-06-22). "Neuquenornis volans, a new Late Cretaceous bird (Enantiornithes: Avisauridae) from Patagonia, Argentina". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. 14 (2): 230–246. doi:10.1080/02724634.1994.10011554. ISSN 0272-4634.
  38. ^ Altangerel, Perle; Norell, Mark A.; Chiappe, Luis M.; Clark, James M. (1993). "Flightless bird from the Cretaceous of Mongolia". Nature. 362 (6421): 623–626. doi:10.1038/363188a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  39. ^ Chiappe, Luis M. (1988). "A new trematochampsid crocodile from the Early Cretaceous of north-western Patagonia, Argentina and its palaeobiogeographical and phylogenetic implications". Cretaceous Research. 9 (4): 379–389. doi:10.1016/0195-6671(88)90009-2. ISSN 0195-6671.
  40. ^ Chiappe, Luis M. (1988). "Un nuevo Caiman (Crocodylia, Alligatoridae) de la Formación Tremembé (Oligoceno), Estado de São Paulo, Brasil, y su significado paleoclimático". Paual-Coutiana. 3: 49–66.

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