Ariana Paulina-Carabajal


Ariana’s research focuses on cranial and endocranial morphology of extinct reptiles including dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and crocodyliforms. She received a PhD in Natural Sciences in 2009 at the National University of La Plata in Argentina. Phil was a supervisor during her PhD and postdoctoral research until 2011. She then became a dinosaur palaeontologist for CONICET (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas) at INIBIOMA (Instituto de Investigaciones en Biodiversidad y Medioambiente) in northern Patagonia, Argentina. Fieldwork expeditions have been concentrated in Argentina, but Ariana has also taken part in expeditions to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Montana, Mongolia, and even Antarctica.



Paulina-Carabajal, A., Currie, P.J., Dudgeon, T.W., Larsson, H.C.E., and Miyashita, T. 2021. Two braincases of Daspletosaurus (Theropoda: Tyrannosauridae): anatomy and comparison. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 58(9): 885–910. DOI: 10.1139/cjes-2020-0185

Paulina-Carabajal, A., Coria, R.A., Currie, P.J., and Koppelhus, E.B. 2018. A natural cranial endocast with possible dicraeosaurid (Sauropoda, Diplodocidae) affinities from the Lower Cretaceous of Patagonia. Cretaceous Research 84: 437–441. DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.12.001

Paulina-Carabajal, A., Lee, Y.-N., Kobayashi, Y., Lee, H.-J., and Currie, P.J. 2018. Neuroanatomy of the ankylosaurid dinosaurs Tarchia teresae and Talarurus plicatospineus from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia, with comments on endocranial variability among ankylosaurs. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 494: 135–146. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2017.11.030

Paulina-Carabajal, A. and Currie, P.J. 2017. The braincase of the theropod dinosaur Murusraptor: osteology, neuroanatomy and comments on the paleobiological implications of certain endocranial features. Ameghiniana 54(5): 617–640. DOI: 10.5710/AMGH.25.03.2017.3062

Paulina-Carabajal, A., Carballido, J.L., and Currie, P.J. 2014. Braincase, neuroanatomy, and neck posture of Amargasaurus cazaui (Sauropoda: Dicraeosauridae) and its implications for understanding head posture in sauropods. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 34: 870–882. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.838174

Xing, L.D., Paulina-Carabajal, A., Currie, P.J., Xu, X., Zhang, J.-P., Wang, T., Burns, M.E., and Dong, Z.-M. 2014. Braincase anatomy of the basal theropod Sinosaurus from the Early Jurassic of China. Acta Geologica Sinica 88: 1653–1664. DOI: 10.1111/1755-6724.12335

Currie, P.J. and Paulina-Carabajal, A. 2012. A new specimen of Austroraptor cabazai Novas, Pol, Canale, Porfiri and Calvo, 2008 (Dinosauria, Theropoda, Unenlagiidae) from the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) of Rio Negro, Argentina. Ameghiniana 49: 662–667. DOI: 10.5710/AMGH.30.8.2012.574

Paulina-Carabajal, A. and Currie, P.J. 2012. New information on the braincase of Sinraptor dongi (Theropoda: Allosauroidea): ethmoidal region, endocranial anatomy and pneumaticity. Vertebrata PalAsiatica 50: 85–101.

Coria, R. A., Currie, P.J., and Paulina-Carabajal, A. 2006. A new abelisauroid theropod from northwestern Patagonia. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 43: 1283–1289. DOI: 10.1139/e06-025