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Benson Latin American Collection Hosts Peruvian Art Exhibition

Event: “Art Across the Americas,” an Austin Lima Sister Cities art exhibition. Reception and month-long exhibition are free and open to the public. When: Reception is Saturday, Oct. 1, 6-9 p.m. Exhibition runs Oct. 1-30. Where: The University of Texas at Austin, Benson Latin American Collection, Sid Richardson Hall (SRH 1.108). A campus map is…   » Continue Reading

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Fossilized Giant Penguin Reveals Unusual Colors, Sheds Light on Bird Evolution

Paleontologists have unearthed the first extinct penguin with preserved evidence of scales and feathers. The 36-million-year-old fossil from Peru shows the new giant penguin’s feathers were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of living penguins. The fossil shows the flipper and feather shapes that make penguins such powerful swimmers evolved early, while the color patterning of living penguins is likely a much more recent innovation.

Engineers Host Benefit Concert for Global Communities in Need

Event: Students from the Cockrell School of Engineering will hold a benefit concert, featuring When the Lights Turn Red, to support water projects for rural communities in South America and Africa. When: 6-11 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6. Where: Cherrywood Coffeehouse, 1400 E 38th 1/2 St. Background: Recognizing that nearly 20 percent of the world's population…   » Continue Reading