Octávio Mateus

Professor auxiliar em Paleontologia - FCT- Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Ph.D. in Paleontology (2005), Graduation in Biology (1998)

Research topics: Paleontology of Dinosaurs, Vertebrate Paleontology, Evolution, Morphological phylogenetics, Osteology, Jurassic, Vertebrate fossils from Portugal and Angola, Paleoecology, Comparative anatomy, Cladism.
Classes: Vertebrate Paleontology, Stratigraphy, Paleontology and Evolution, Soft Skills in Science and Technology, Study Methods in Paleontology
Departamento de Ciências da Terra, CICEGe,
Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, FCT,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal.
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Born in 1975 in Portugal, Octávio Mateus is Assistant Professor of Paleontology in the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia -Universidade Nova de Lisboa [New University of Lisbon]. His education background is Biology (Graduated from University of Évora) and Paleontology (PhD from the Univ. Nova de Lisboa, in 2005).

His mainly interest is dinosaur paleontology, so he has studied Late Jurassic dinosaurs of Portugal, but also worked in other reptiles (mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, etc.).

Octávio published scientific articles, conferences proceedings, and book chapters that sum more than 100 publications since 1997. He erected new taxa as the Lourinhanosaurus antunesi (1998), Dinheirosaurus lourinhanensis (1999),Tangvayosaurus hoffeti (1999), Draconyx loureiroi (2001) , Lusotitan atalaiensis (2003), Europasaurus holgeri (2006), Allosaurus europaeus (2006), Diceratus (2008), Microceratus (2008), Prognathodon kianda (2008), Miragaia longicollum (2009), Angolachelys mbaxi (2010), Angolatitan adamastor (2011), Lusonectes sauvagei (2012), Torvosaurus gurneyi (2014), Zby atlanticus (2014), among others.

He lives in Lourinhã, where he is engaged with the Museum of the Lourinhã, known for its important dinosaur collection. Since 1991, Octávio Mateus has organized dinosaur excavations in Portugal, where he and the team collected many dinosaurs and other vertebrates, including sauropods, theropods, stegosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles.

One of his main scientific project is in Angola, where he discovered the first dinosaur from that country, in the scope of a paleontology project on vertebrates of Angola, the PaleoAngola Project, with geologists and paleontologists from Angola, Southern Methodist University (USA) and Natuurhitorisch Museum in Maastricht (Netherlands). His interest for dinosaurs has taken him to the United States, Brazil, Greenland, Laos, Tunisia, Mozambique, Mongolia, Morocco, South Africa and Angola.

Since the age of four, Octávio has searched for dinosaur fossils with his parents co-founders of the Museum of Lourinhã. They raised Octávio in Lourinhã, an area rich in Late Jurassic dinosaurs and, very early in his career, Octávio excavated a dinosaur nest with them, finding embryos inside the eggs.