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John Acorn, a lifelong Albertan, lives in Edmonton with his wife Dena and their two boys, Jesse and Benjamin. When John isn't chasing dinosaur bones or ladybugs, and writing books about them, he can be found lecturing at the University of Alberta, serving as spokesperson for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, or addressing a variety of scientific and naturalist groups across North America. In 2008, he received NSERC's Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion.