Geology Lecture: What is a Bird? by Dr. Gareth Dyke

Microraptor

Reconstruction of Microraptor Picture Credit: Mick Ellison/AMNH.

On Wednesday 12th February 2014, a talk at Dorset County Museum by Dr. Gareth Dyke of University of Southampton aims to answer an ongoing question amongst geologists: What is a Bird?

The evolution of wings in dinosaurs, and the eventual emergence of birds, was undoubtedly a momentous step in the progression of vertebrate life on our planet.  Using fossil evidence, Dr. Dyke will unfold the history of birds and their dinosaur predecessors through a study of their anatomical diversity as well as lifestyles and habitats.  He will discuss recent fossil discoveries which show key stages in the refinement of parachuting, gliding and – maybe – flapping flight.

Dr. Dyke will also explain how birds managed to survive the massive extinctions at the end of the Cretaceous period which killed every remaining non-avian dinosaur.

All are welcome to this talk – entry is free and a donation of £3.00 is encouraged to cover costs. Doors open at 6.30pm, the talk will commence at 7.00pm.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on www.dorsetcountymuseum.org

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