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Friday, February 9 • 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Dinosaurs in disguise: The bird – dinosaur connection

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The first Jurassic Park movie emphasized the connection between birds and dinosaurs, to many individuals, this was a new idea.  What are the real facts behind this so-called connection?  Charles Darwin proposed transitional fossil species leading to modern descendants in the “Origin of Species” in 1859.  Two years later after the first publication of “Origin”, the first Archaeopteryx (bird-dino) was found, partially validation Darwin’s claim.  Thomas Huxley (Darwin’s Bulldog), in the 1800’s, went even further by showing the link between theropod dinosaurs, intermediate transitional fossils like Archaeopteryx and modern bird anatomically.  The connection was lost in the 1900’s as dinosaurs became sluggish reptiles, and the idea of birds descending from dinosaurs was basically lost until the 1960’s.  Genetics and molecular data have added to this renaissance of the bird-dinosaur relation along with amazing fossil discoveries worldwide.  The latest scientific information is an excellent way for teachers to explain the concepts of the scientific method, evolution, basic biology and paleontology to students who may not enjoy science but love dinosaurs.


Friday February 9, 2018 1:40pm - 2:30pm

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