Most of my publications (and supplementary files) can be downloaded from my ResearchGate profile.


Arbour VM, Evans DC. 2019. Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur. Royal Ontario Museum Press.

Persons WS, Currie PJ, Arbour VM, Vavrek M, Koppelhus EB, Edwards J. 2019. Dinosaurs 101: What everyone should know about dinosaur anatomy, ecology, evolution, and more. Van Rye Press.

Peer-reviewed research articles:

32. Arbour VM, Larson D, Vavrek M, Buckley L, Evans D. 2020. An ankylosaurian dinosaur from the Cenomanian Dunvegan Formation of northeastern British Columbia, Canada. The Fossil Record 23: 179–189.

31. Arbour VM, Evans DC. 2019. A new leptoceratopsid dinosaur from Maastrichtian-aged deposits of the Sustut Basin, northern British Columbia, Canada. PeerJ 7:e7926.

Media highlights: Times Colonist, Victoria News, CBC Radio, CBC, National Post, CTV News, CFAX radio

On the blog: The Iron Lizard

30. Arbour V, Evans DC, Simon DJ, Cullen T, Braman DR. In press. Cretaceous flora and fauna of the Sustut Group near the Sustut River, northern British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences.

29. Arbour VM, Zanno LE. 2019. Tail weaponry in ankylosaurs and glyptodonts: an example of a rare but strongly convergent morphotype. The Anatomical Record.

Media highlights: CFAX Radio
28. Torices A, Wilkinson R, Arbour VM, Ruiz-Omeñaca JI, Currie PJ. 2018. Puncture-and-pull biomechanics in the teeth of predatory coelurosaurian dinosaurs. Current Biology 28:1-8.

Media highlights: Discover, CBCWashington Post, Inverse

27. Arbour VM, Zanno LE. 2018. The evolution of tail weaponization in amniotes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172299.

Media highlights: The New York TimesGizmodo, Quirks & Quarks

On the blog: Where did all the tail clubs go?

26. Arbour VM, Mallon JC. 2017. Unusual cranial and postcranial anatomy in the archetypal ankylosaur Ankylosaurus magniventris. FACETS 2: 764-794.

On the blog: So you think you know Ankylosaurus

25. Arbour VM, David EC. 2017. A new ankylosaurine dinosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana, USA, based on an exceptional skeleton with soft tissue preservation. Royal Society Open Science 4: 161086.

Media highlights: Quirks & Quarks, Smithsonian Magazine, The Atlantic, LA Times, Scientific American, io9, CNN, CBC, AV Club

On the blog: There is no Dana, only Zuul

24.  Martin-Silverstone E, Witton MP, Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2016. A small azhdarchoid pterosaur from the latest Cretaceous, the age of flying giants. Royal Society Open Science 3:160333.

Media highlights: Motherboard, The Verge, National Geographic,,  Washington Post.

23. Arbour VM, Gates TA, Zanno LE. 2016. Ankylosaurian dinosaur palaeoenvironmental associations are influenced by sea level changes, regional clade extinction, and geodispersal. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 449:289-299.

On the blog: Ankylosaurs by the Sea.

 22. Arbour VM, Zanno LE, Larson DW, Evans DC, Sues H-D. 2016. The furculae of the dromaeosaurid dinosaur Dakotaraptor steini are trionychid turtle entoplastra. PeerJ 4:e1691.

Media highlights: National Geographic.

21. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2016. Systematics, phylogeny, and palaeobiogeography of the ankylosaurid dinosaurs. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 14: 385-44.

On the blog: Know Your Ankylosaurs: China Edition, Gondwanan Edition, North American Odds and Ends Edition, Mongolian Odds and Ends Edition, and Everybody’s in this Together Edition.

20. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2015. Ankylosaurid dinosaur tail clubs evolved through stepwise acquisition of key features. Journal of Anatomy 227:514-523.

Media highlights: io9, National Geographic, CNET, radio interviews for Quirks & Quarks and SciWorks Radio, podcast interview for Palaeocast.

On the blog: How the Ankylosaur got its Tail Club.

19. Burns ME, Coy C, Arbour VM, Currie PJ, Koppelhus EB. 2014. The Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed: new insights on the systematics, biogeography, and palaeoecology of Late Cretaceous dinosaur communities. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 51:v-vii.

Media highlights: Canadian Science Publishing, University of Alberta.

On the blog: Edmontosaurus in Edmonton.

18. Arbour VM, Currie PJ, Badamgarav D. 2014. The ankylosaurid dinosaurs of the Upper Cretaceous Baruungoyot and Nemegt formations of Mongolia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172:631-652.

Media highlights: Global News, CTV,  live radio interview for CBC Edmonton AM.

On the blog: Know Your Ankylosaurs: Mongolia Edition

17. Arbour VM, Burns ME, Bell PR, Currie PJ. 2014. Epidermal and dermal integumentary structures of ankylosaurian dinosaurs. Journal of Morphology 275:39-50.

On the blog: Scaling Up.

16. Arbour VM, Burns ME, Sullivan RM, Lucas SG, Cantrell AK, Fry J, Suazo TL. 2014. A new ankylosaurid dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous (Kirtlandian) of New Mexico with implications for ankylosaurid diversity in the Upper Cretaceous of western North America. PLOS ONE 9:e108804.

Media highlights: People Magazine, National Geographic, Albuquerque Journal, Global News, Edmonton Journal, live radio interview for Edmonton AM.

On the blog: Know Your Ankylosaurs: New Mexico Edition.

 15. Bell PR, Fanti F, Currie PJ, Arbour VM. 2014. A new “mummified” specimen of Edmontosaurus (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae) with a soft tissue “cock’s comb”. Current Biology 24:70-74.

Media highlights: CBC, io9, BBCDaily Mail, National Geographic, radio interview for Quirks & Quarks, research featured in DinoStars exhibit by University of Alberta Museums.

On the blog: Cock-a-doodle-doo.

14. Maidment SCR, Bates KT, Falkingham PL, VanBuren C, Arbour V, Barrett PM. 2014. Locomotion in ornithischian dinosaurs: an assessment using three-dimensional computational modelling. Biological Reviews 89:588-617.

 13. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2013. Euoplocephalus tutus and the diversity of ankylosaurid dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada and Montana, USA. PLOS ONE 7:e62421.

Media highlights: Dino Hunt Canada documentary.

On the blog: Who-oplocephalus: Who-oplocephalus?, Is Euoplocephalus ‘real’?, Heads for Tails, The Fellowship of the Half Ring, and Everything old is new again.

 12. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2013. The taxonomic identity of a nearly complete ankylosaurid dinosaur skeleton from the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Cretaceous Research 46:24-30.

 11. Arbour VM, Lech-Hernes NL, Goldberg TE, Hurum JH, Currie PJ. 2013. An ankylosaurid dinosaur from Mongolia with in situ armour and keratinous scale impressions. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58:55-64.

10. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2012. Analyzing taphonomic deformation of ankylosaur skulls using retrodeformation and finite element analysis. PLOS ONE 7:e39323.

9. Arbour VM, Burns ME, Currie PJ. 2011. A review of pelvic shield morphology in ankylosaurs (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). Journal of Paleontology 85:298-302.

8. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2011. An istiodactylid pterosaur from the Upper Cretaceous Nanaimo Group, Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 48:63-69.

 7. Arbour VM, Currie PJ. 2011. Tail and pelvis pathologies of ankylosaurian dinosaurs. Historical Biology 23:375-390.

 6. Burns ME, Currie PJ, Sissons RL, Arbour VM. 2011. Juvenile specimens of Pinacosaurus grangeri Gilmore, 1933 (Ornithischia: Ankylosauria) from the Late Cretaceous of China, with comments on the specific taxonomy of Pinacosaurus. Cretaceous Research 32:174-186.

 5. Miyashita T, Arbour VM, Witmer LM, Currie PJ. 2011. The internal cranial morphology of an armored dinosaur Euoplocephalus corroborated by X-ray computed tomographic reconstruction. Journal of Anatomy. Journal of Anatomy 219:661-675.

On the blog: You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose…and you can definitely pick your ankylosaur’s nose.

 4. Arbour VM. 2009. Estimating impact forces of tail club strikes by ankylosaurid dinosaurs. PLOS ONE 4(8):e6738. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0006738.

Media highlights: Wired, Clash of the Dinosaurs documentary, Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit by University of Alberta Museums.

 3. Arbour VM, Snively E. 2009. Finite element analyses of ankylosaurid dinosaur tail club impacts. The Anatomical Record 292:1412-1426.

Media highlights: Wired, Clash of the Dinosaurs documentary, Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit by University of Alberta Museums.

 2. Arbour VM, Sissons RL, Burns ME. 2009. A redescription of the ankylosaurid dinosaur Dyoplosaurus acutosquameus Parks, 1924 (Ornithischia: Ankylosauria) and a revision of the genus. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29:1117-1135.

 1. Arbour V, Graves M. 2008. An ornithischian dinosaur from the Sustut Basin, north-central British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 45:457-463.

Media highlights:, Scienceblogs.