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March 4, 2010

Horner to speak on ‘How to Build a Dinosaur’ March 5

Can dinosaurs be brought back to life? Is there a velociraptor lurking in the cells of every chicken? Does extinction have to be forever? Jack Horner, one of the most influential paleontologists of our time, will tackle these questions and more at the 2010 Burke Lecture at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5.

Horner discovered the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, noted for his dramatic field work and some of the best reconstructions of fossil dinosaurs ever assembled.

Horner is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship “genius award.” He served as the technical adviser for all three of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movies and is the inspiration for the movie’s lead character. He has the honor of having two species of dinosaur named after him.

This lecture is free to the public and will take place in 130 Kane. Seating has reached capacity, but walk-up registration will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis, starting at 6:15 at Kane Hall on the night of the lecture.

This event is sponsored by the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Burke Museum.