Phil Bell

’11 PhD

Phil did an undergrad honours thesis on Plio-Pleistocene mammals at Macquarie University, Australia, for which he picked up the University Medal. He became an authority on hadrosaurs, partly from his doctoral research on Saurolophus from Alberta and Mongolia, earning a PhD with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2011. Other interests include taphonomy, palaeopathology, and dinosaur behaviour. Phil is now a Senior Lecturer at University of New England in Australia, leading fieldwork at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. He has done fieldwork in Mongolia, and continues to run expeditions around Grande Prairie as part of the Boreal Alberta Dinosaur Project. A couple of research highlights include description of fossilized hadrosaur skin and development of geochemical ‘fingerprinting’ that may help in repatriation efforts for poached dinosaur fossils.



Barbi, M., Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Dynes, J.J., Kolaceke, A., Buttigieg, J., and Currie, P.J. 2019. Integumentary structure and composition in an exceptionally well-preserved hadrosaur (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). PeerJ 7: e7875. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.7875

Fanti, F., Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., and Tsogtbaatar, K. 2018. The Nemegt Basin – one of the best field laboratories for interpreting Cretaceous ecosystems. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 494: 1–4. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.07.014

Bell, P.R., Campione, N.E., Persons, W.S., Currie, P.J., Larson, P.L., Tanke, D.H., and Bakker, R.T. 2017. Tyrannosauroid integument reveals conflicting patterns of gigantism and feather evolution. Biology Letters 13: 20170092. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0092

Bell, P.R. and Currie, P.J. 2016. A high-latitude dromaeosaurid Boreonykus certekorum, gen. et sp. Nov. (Theropoda) from the upper Campanian Wapiti Formation, west-central Alberta. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 36: e1034359. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2015.1034359

Bell, P.R. and Currie, P.J. 2014. Albertosaurus (Dinosauria: Theropoda) material from an Edmontosaurus bonebed (Horseshoe Canyon Formation) near Edmonton: clarification of palaeogeographic distribution. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 51: 1052–1057. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2014-0050

Arbour, V.M., Burns, M.E., Bell, P.R., and Currie, P.J. 2014. Epidermal and dermal integumentary structures of ankylosaurian dinosaurs. Journal of Morphology 275: 39–50. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20194

Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., and Russell, D.A. 2014. Large caenagnathids (Dinosauria, Oviraptorosauria) from the uppermost Cretaceous of western Canada. Cretaceous Research 52: 101–107. DOI: 10.1016/cretres.2014.09.006

Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Mitchell, M., and Currie, P.J. 2014. Marine reptiles (Plesiosauria and Mosasauridae) from the Puskwaskau Formation (Santonia-Campanian), west-central Alberta. Journal of Paleontology 88: 187–194. DOI: 10.1666/13-043

Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Currie, P.J., and Arbour, V.M. 2014. A mummified duck-billed dinosaur with a soft-tissue cock’s comb. Current Biology 24: 70–75. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.11.008

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Rothschild, B.M., Ran, H., Zhang, J.-P., Dong, Z.M., Zhang, W., and Currie, P.J. 2013. Tooth loss and alveolar remodeling in Sinosaurus triassicus (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Lower Jurassic strata of the Lufeng Basin, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 58(16): 1931–1935. DOI: 10.1007/s11434-013-5765-7

Xing, L.D., Li, D.-Q., Harris, J.D., Bell, P.R., Azuma, Y., Fujita, M., Lee, Y.-N., and Currie, P.J. 2013. A new deinonychosaurian track from the Lower Cretaceous Hekou Group, Gansu Province, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58 (4): 723–730. DOI: 10.4202/app.2011.0115

Xing, L.D., Persons, W.S., Bell, P.R., Xu, X., Zhang, J.-P., Miyashita, T., Wang, F.-P., and Currie, P.J. 2013. Piscivory in the feathered dinosaur MicroraptorEvolution 67(8): 2441–2445. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12119

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Ji, S., Ji, Q., Miyashita, T., Persons, W.S., Burns, M.E., and Currie, P.J. 2012. Abdominal contents from two large Early Cretaceous compsognathids (Dinosauria: Theropoda) demonstrate feeding on confuciusornithids and dromaeosaurids. PLOS ONE 7(8): e44012. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044012

Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., and Lee, Y.N. 2012. Tyrannosaur feeding traces on Deinocheirus (Theropoda: ?Ornithomimosauria) remains from the Nemegt Formation (Late Cretaceous), Mongolia. Cretaceous Research 37: 186–190. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2012.03.018

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Harris, J.D., and Currie, P.J. 2012. An unusual, three-dimensionally preserved, large hadrosauriform pes track from “mid”-Cretaceous Jianguan Formation of Chongqing, China. Acta Geologica Sinica 86: 304–312. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-6724.2012.00660.x

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., Shibata, M.-T., Tseng, K.-W., and Dong, Z.-M. 2012. A sauropod rib with an embedded theropod tooth: direct evidence for feeding behaviour in the Jehol group, China. Lethaia 45(4): 500–506. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2012.00310.x

Bell, P.R. Palaeopathological changes in a population of Albertosaurus sarcophagus from the Upper Cretaceous Horseshoe Canyon Formation of Alberta, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47(9): 1263–1268. DOI: 10.1139/E10-030

Larson, D.W., Brinkman, D.B., and Bell, P.R. 2010. Faunal assemblages from the upper Horseshoe Canyon Formation, an early Maastrichtian cool-climate assemblage from Alberta, with special reference to the Albertosaurus sarcophagus bonebed. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 47(9): 1159–1181. DOI: 10.1139/E10-005

Bell, P.R. and Currie, P.J. 2010. A tyrannosaur jaw bitten by a confamilial: scavenging or fatal agonism? Lethaia 43: 278–281. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2009.00195.x

Bell, P.R. 2011. Systematics and palaeobiology of the crested hadrosaurine Saurolophus from Canada and Mongolia [doctoral dissertation]. University of Alberta Education and Research Archive. DOI: 10.7939/R32W4Z