Paleontologist Paints Vibrant Picture of Dinosaurs

March 23, 2011

Event: "Dinosaurs in Living Color," a public outreach lecture, presented with a screening of the National Geographic film "Dinomorphosis." Both events are free and open to the public.

When: Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. (film), 7 p.m. (lecture). Pre-lecture activities begin at 5:30 p.m.

Where: LBJ Auditorium

Background: Professor Julia Clarke, a member of the team that helped pioneer the technique of reconstructing color in feathered dinosaurs, will bring to life the study of dinosaurs in a lecture on evidence of their color, their ties to modern-day birds and recent changes in scientific understanding of them. Clarke is a paleontologist at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences and a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History.

Award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Jenny Kubo will join Clarke for a screening and discussion of her film "Dinomorphosis," which combines vivid special effects and the latest science to build a new picture of what dinosaurs looked like and how they behaved.

Teachers can receive professional development credits for attending the film, lecture and discussion groups planned around the event.

For more information, contact: J.B. Bird, University of Texas at Austin, 512-750-3512 (cell), 512 471 4550; Stephen Brueggerhoff, 512-471-5847.