Michael Habib

Expert on paleontology, dinosaurs, and extinction

Assistant Professor of the Department of Integrative Anatomical Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Research Associate, Dinosaur Institute, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


  • paleontology
  • dinosaurs
  • flight
  • aerodynamics
  • anatomy
  • biomechanics
  • biodiversity
  • evolution
  • extinction
  • conservation

Additional Information

  • Was named to the Brilliant 10 in 2014 by Popular Science Magazine
  • Work on giant pterosaurs was named one of Discover Magazine’s Top 100 Science Stories of the Year
  • Was featured on both the morning and evening editions of CBS News for the release of Jurassic World in June 2015
  • Frequent consultant and on-screen guest for television documentaries, particular on paleontology
  • Lead consultant on a major exhibit currently touring internationally at natural history museums (Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs)
  • Runs a yearly NHMLA expedition with a team of scientists and volunteers to excavate Cretaceous fossils
  • Currently publishing research on the largest land animals to ever live in North America
  • Has industry contacts and research relationships with robotics and aerospace leaders such as Lockheed Martin, Scaled Composites, NASA, and BotLab
  • Featured regularly in Scientific American and Discover Magazine for work on the mechanics of giant animals
  • Co-author on one of the world’s largest conservation-oriented trait databases

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