About the Author
Dr. Phillip Manning
Dr Phil Manning heads the Palaeontology Research Group in the School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (SEAES) at the University of Manchester in England. Dr Manning is also a Research Fellow at the Manchester Museum and a Research Associate at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
(Colorado, USA). H is research includes international collaboration with projects in Europe, New Zealand and North America. Research partners include Yale, Stanford University, The Black Hills Institute, Denver Museum of Natural History, and Marmarth Research Foundation (Marmarth, North Dakota)
Research successes of the group have attracted worldwide attention and as a result members have been invited to travel to give presentations spanning the globe from New York to Patagonia. By approaching vertebrate and invertebrate
palaeontology from a multidisciplinary approach we have been able to develop new, and adapt existing techniques.
Dr. Manning's primary research interest is to develop a specialist group that integrates disciplines to solve key questions in the palaeobiology and locomotion of extinct vertebrates. Whilst quite diverse, the current research themes all contribute towards this aim.
Information taken from the University of Manchester website.
This year, the North Dakota Center for the Book, a program of the North Dakota Humanities Council, featured Dinomummy by Dr. Phillip Manning (Kingfisher Books, 2007) as the state's outstanding book for children at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. Thousands of children and adults visit the Festival of States Pavilion to learn more about each state's literary history and authors.
Dinomummy tells the story of Tyler Lyson's discovery of the fossil remains of a mummified dinosaur on his uncle's ranch in southwest North Dakota. In what archeologists call the Hell Creek Formation, these fossilized bones of a 65-million year-old hadrosaur were mummified, a rare and exciting find in the world of dinosaurs. With the expert leadership of Dr. Phillip Manning, a paleontologist from the University of Manchester in England, the dinomummy was painstakingly removed from the rocks and is currently being analyzed and reconstructed.