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Dinosaur molecules: the amazing potential of molecular paleontology

Date: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall | University of Calgary
Speaker: 

Dr. Mary Schweitzer, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Want to learn about the potential of molecular paleontology?

The recovery and study of dinosaur DNA might be science fiction, but palaeontologists have successfully recovered other kinds of soft tissues including skin and feather remnants, proteins, and even potential blood cells from dinosaur fossils. This important window into dinosaur biology has also provided evidence confirming the link between birds and dinosaurs.

Dr. Mary Schweitzer, a pioneer in the field of soft tissue preservation in the paleontological record, will explore the history this research, provide a compelling argument for the validity of soft tissue research in fossils, and explore the possibilities for future research.

Free and open to all.

"Hell Creek Survivor”, Danielle Dufault, 2016

 

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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