Dr Phil Bell

Senior Lecturer - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Phil Bell

Phone: +61 2 6773 2329

Email: pbell@une.edu.au


Phil has been hooked on dinosaurs since the age of 3. He now runs digs in western Canada where he is co-leader of the Northern Alberta Dinosaur Project and more locally in Lightning Ridge (NSW) exploring the Cretaceous ecosystems. He is an authority on Australian dinosaurs, "duck-billed" hadrosaurs and dinosaur skin, although his research covers a wide range of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic vertebrates.

Teaching Areas

GEOL202 - Introductory Palaeontology (coordinator)
GEOL315 - Vertebrate Palaeontology (coordinator)
EVOL102 – Evolution in the Fossil Record (coordinator)

Research Interests

  • Dinosaur evolution, behaviour, and palaeoecology.
  • Dinosaur skin, its morphology, preservation, and taxonomic implications.
  • Cretaceous palaeoecology and dinosaur faunas of Australia, particularly from Lightning Ridge, NSW.

Earth Science Research Group


For a full list of publications, please visit Dr Bell's Google Scholar or ResearchGate profile.

Recent Publications

In Press

White, M.A., Bell, P.R., Poropat, S.P., Pentland, A.H., Rigby, S.L., Elliot, R.A., Sloan, T., Elliot, D.A. (in press). New theropod remains and implications for megaraptorid diversity in the Winton Formation (lower Upper Cretaceous), Queensland, Australia. Royal Society Open Science

Kitchener, J.L., CampioneN.E., SmithE.T., Bell P.R. (in press). High-latitude neonate and perinate ornithopods from the mid-Cretaceous of southeastern Australia. Scientific Reports.

Bell, P.R., Bicknell, R.D.C., Smith, E.T. (2019). Crayfish bio-gastroliths from eastern Australia and the mid-Cretaceous distribution of Parastacidae. Geological Magazine.


Barbi, M., Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Dynes, J.J., Buttigieg, J., Kolaceke, A. & Philip J. Currie, P.J.(2019). Epidermal cell layers in exceptionally preserved hadrosaur (Dinosauria: Ornithischia) skin. PeerJ 7:e7875.

Hart, L. J., Bell, P. R., Smith, E. T., & Salisbury, S. W. (2019). Isisfordia molnari sp. nov., a new basal eusuchian from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, Australia. PeerJ, 7:e7166.

Bell, P. R., Brougham, T., Herne, M. C., Frauenfelder, T., & Smith, E. T. (2019).Fostoria dhimbangunmal gen. et sp. nov., a new iguanodontian (Dinosauria, Ornithopoda) from the mid-Cretaceous of Lightning Ridge, NSW, Australia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology e1564757.

Bell, P.R., Fanti, F., Hart, L.J., Milan, L. A., Craven, S.J., Brougham, T., Smith E. (2019). Revised geology, age, and vertebrate diversity of the dinosaur-bearing Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 514:655–671.

Brougham, T., Smith, E. T., & Bell, P. R. (2019). New theropod (Tetanurae: Avetheropoda) material from the ‘mid’-Cretaceous Griman Greek Formation at Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Royal Society Open Science 6(1):180826.


Bell, P. R., Herne, M. C., Brougham, T., & Smith, E. T. (2018). Ornithopod diversity in the Griman Creek Formation (Cenomanian), New South Wales, Australia. PeerJ6:e6008.

Fanti, F., Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., Tsogtbaatar, K. (2018) The Nemegt Formation—one of the best field laboratories for interpretingCretaceous ecosystems. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 494:1–4.

Fanti, F., Bell, P.R., Tighe, M., Milan, L.A., Dinelli, E. (2018) Geochemical fingerprinting as a tool for repatriating poached dinosaur fossils in Mongolia: a case study for the Nemegt Locality, Gobi Desert, Mongolia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 494:41–64.

Bell, P.R., Ryan, M.J., Evans, D.C., Eberth, D.A., Fanti, F., Tsogtbaatar, Kh.(2018) Sedimentological and taphonomic observations on the "Dragon's Tomb" Saurolophus (Hadrosauridae) bonebed, Nemegt Formation (Upper Cretaceous), Mongolia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 494:75–90.