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Thomas R. Holtz
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Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Principal Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, adaptations, and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, and especially of tyrannosauroids (Tyrannosaurus rex and its kin). He received his Bachelors in Earth & Planetary Geology at Johns Hopkins in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale in 1992. He is also a Research Associate of the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and serves on the Scientific Council of Maryland Academy of Science (which operates the Maryland Science Center (Baltimore, MD)). 


He is also the creator and Faculty Director of the College Park Scholars-Science & Global Change program.


In addition to his dinosaur research, Holtz has been active in scientific outreach. He has been a consultant on museum exhibits around the world, and on numerous documentaries. He is the author of the award-winning popular audience books. He is the current editor of the "Life of the Past" series at Indiana University Press.

He received the 2018-2019 Provost's Excellence in Teaching Award for Professional Track Faculty.

You can also find Dr. Holtz on YouTube at


Books by Thomas R. Holtz:

Title ISBN Date Publisher
978-055353-685-0 Random House
978-025335-701-4 Indiana University Press
978-037582-419-7 Random House