About Lee Hall


Excavating hadrosaur material in Alberta, Canada in 2015.

I am the Vertebrate Fossil Preparator and Paleontology Lab Manager for the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where I work with Dr. Michael Ryan.

I hold a B.Sc. in paleontology from Montana State University. I began my career in 2000 working in the Late Cretaceous Hell Creek Formation of eastern Montana with Dr. Jack Horner of the Museum of the Rockies (MOR). From 2005 to 2015, I served as a crew chief for the MOR, running research camps and excavating dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils. From 2011 to 2015, I was a professional paleontological consultant in Los Angeles, California.

My field background is diverse and includes excavation of Troodon nests from Egg Mountain, Montana, teeth of Carcharocles megalodon from beneath the streets of downtown Los Angeles, Pleistocene sea caves in southeast Alaska, and late cretaceous dinosaurs in southern Alberta, Canada and across Montana.

I have published research on dinosaur teeth from Ethiopia, late cretaceous ceratopsians, tyrannosaur taphonomy, and sauropod dinosaur claw function and trackways. My most notable discovery is of “Chomper”, the smallest, youngest Tyrannosaurus rex ever found.

Chomper_size comparison 2

This Witmer Lab figure shows the striking size difference between “Stan”, a mature T. rex, and “Chomper”, the smallest T. rex. The specimen is on display at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana.

Chomper at MOR by Ryan DeLuca ryno720

The reconstructed skull of “Chomper” currently on display at Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana. (Photo by Ryan DeLuca: flickr.com/people/ryno720)


Contact: lhall(at)cmnh.org
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