Dino talk downtown

News Release Date: 
04.25.12

Curator of the Orton Geological Museum at Ohio State talks dinosaurs at Infinity Restaurant

Ohio State Marion’s Science Café, a free monthly community discussion on topical issues of science, welcomes Dale Gnidovec, curator of the Orton Geological Museum at The Ohio State University to downtown Marion’s Infinity Restaurant, 267 West Center Street, on Tuesday, May 1, 7 p.m. to present a discussion entitled, Teeth, Jaws, and Claws:  The carnivorous dinosaurs and why birds are dinosaurs.

Nearly one thousand species of dinosaur have been discovered, about a quarter of which are theropods, the carnivorous dinosaurs.  From the puny velociraptor (which was much smaller than the movie version) to the mighty tyrannosaurus rex (and some that might have been even bigger), this science cafe looks at the tremendous variety of theropods and looks at such questions as:  Were any of them poisonous?  Were any of them cannibals?  Were the large ones carnivores or scavengers?  Was archaeopteryx a bird or a dinosaur?

While most dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago, one small group of the theropod family tree survived.  We call them birds. Come learn why birds are dinosaurs.
Science Cafés involve lively conversations with scientists about current science topics. Science Cafés are free and open to everyone, and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffee houses. At a café you can learn about the latest issues in science, chat with a scientist in plain language, meet new friends, speak your mind, and talk with your mouth full. The overriding goal of Ohio State Marion’s Science Café is to overcome reluctance to learning about science and to make science less mysterious.

For more information on Science Café visit:  http://osumarion.osu.edu/sciencecafe/ or contact Ohio State Marion professor of mathematics, Dr. Brian McEnnis at:  mcennis.1@osu.edu.