Far north of the Arctic Circle, emerging explorer Jørn Hurum coaxes the secrets of evolution from Sea Monster Island, a rocky polar desert with a treasure trove of fossils, including sea monsters of the Jurassic era."
Jørn Harald Hurum is one of the scientists featured in History Channel's "Predator X." Jørn Harald Hurum was born in Drammen, Norway. He began collecting fossils and minerals in the Oslo region as a child. His early interests led him to earn his degree in Paleontology—and later his Ph.D.—from the University of Oslo. Jørn received a two-year post-doctorate grant to study skull morphology in tyrannosaurid theropods by the Norwegian research council in 1998-2000 alongside Phillip Currie and the late Karol Sabath. In 2000, he joined The Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo, where he currently works as an associate professor in vertebrate paleontology. Jørn has completed fieldwork in Canada and has traveled to China, Europe, Africa and Australia to visit paleontological sites. His most current fieldwork has been focused on dinosaurs. This included work in 2002 on the island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. During his last three field seasons (2004, 2006, 2007), 40 skeletons of Jurassic marine reptiles were mapped and six excavated by his group in cooperation with his colleague Hans Arne Nakrem.