This week’s TED Talk: Dinosaurs! Rawr!

by Beta Beta Beta Chi Nu Chapter

Next Tuesday (February 28th) at 8:30 PM in Room 1120 of the Mars Science Center, we will be showing two talks by Jack Horner:

Chickenosaurus:

Renowned paleontologist Jack Horner has spent his career trying to reconstruct a dinosaur. He’s found fossils with extraordinarily well-preserved blood vessels and soft tissues, but never intact DNA. So, in a new approach, he’s taking living descendants of the dinosaur (chickens) and genetically engineering them to reactivate ancestral traits — including teeth, tails, and even hands — to make a “Chickenosaurus”

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jack_horner_building_a_dinosaur_from_a_chicken.html

and

Shape-shifting dinosaurs:

Where are the baby dinosaurs? In a spellbinding talk from TEDxVancouver paleontologist Jack Horner describes how slicing open fossil skulls revealed a shocking secret about some of our most beloved dinosaurs.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jack_horner_shape_shifting_dinosaurs.html

Per usual, we’ll have some discussion afterward and coffee and tea!

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