In The Skin of a Dinosaur

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Everyone is welcome to attend The Prairie University Physics Seminar Series presented by the Physics & Astronomy Department Spring 2018 Speaker Series:

In The Skin of a Dinosaur

Lecture Abstract:

Dinosaurs roamed the Earth for over 160 million years until their abruptly extinction about 65 million years ago. However, not all dinosaurs went extinct: nowadays birds are recognized as a branch of the dinosaur family known as avian dinosaurs. They are the legacy left by those incredible animals that came in all shapes and sizes.

In this seminar, I will discuss the discovery and studies of a spectacularly well preserved skin of a hadrosaur from the Grand Prairie region. A series of complementary data collected using tools such as synchrotron radiation and electron microscopy have been combined to yield the first ever observation of preserved epidermal cell layers in the skin of a large dinosaur. I will also show a direct comparison between this skin structure and that of an extant avian specimen, giving the first substantial evidence of similarities between the organic layout of the skins of extinct non-avian and extant avian dinosaurs.


Date: Thursday March 1st, 2018

Time: 13:40pm - 14:55pm

Location: C640

Dr. Mauricio Barbi

Department of Physics

University of Regina

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