Teeth, Jaws & Claws:
The carnivorous dinosaurs and why birds are dinosaurs

Dale Gnidovec
Orton Geological Museum
The Ohio State University

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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 café 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.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.