Fernando Emilio Novas is an Argentinian paleontologist specializing in theropods and Argentinian dinosaurs of Patagonia.
He was born in Buenos Aires in 1960, and says that he got into dinosaurs and paleontology in 1971, when he found two books on the subject in a book store. When he was 17 years old, he met paleontologist Bryan Patterson while working in a museum basement. Later on in life, Fernando would go on to win the Bryan Patterson prize, which is awarded "for outstanding student field work in vertebrate paleontology". He now works for the Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum, in Buenos Aires, in the Comparative Anatomy department.
He wrote a popular book in 2009, The Age of Dinosaurs in South America (Life of the Past), and has described 24 different species of dinosaur. Two dinosaurs, Ekrixinatosaurus novasi and Chromogisaurus novasi, were named after him.