Paleobiologist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Dr. Hans Sues in a dark suit holding a bone with a skeletal diagram of a dinosaur behind. Smithsonian photo by James Diloreto.
Dr. Hans Sues showing a bone from the newly discovered dinosaur Timurlengia sp. Smithsonian photo by James Diloreto.

Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues is a senior research geologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History who specializes in the study of dinosaurs and other vertebrates from the Mesozoic Era. He first became attracted to dinosaurs when he was four years old. After earning his doctorate from Harvard University, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and the National Museum of Natural History. Later, Hans was curator and senior manager at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh before returning to the Smithsonian.

Hans has collected fossil vertebrates across the United States as well as in Canada, China, Germany, and Morocco. Among his many discoveries are several new species of dinosaurs.