Dinosaurs of the Past, the Present, and the Future
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
6:00 pm; McCosh 50
Paleontologist Jack Horner will discuss how our views of dinosaurs change with new evidence. Dinosaurs were originally envisioned as reptilian monsters, but a series of discoveries in the field and the lab over the past forty years has altered our conceptions. In turn, an emerging vision of dinosaurs as the reptilian ancestors of birds is on the verge of another significant alteration. The most current research suggests that frightful movie dinosaurs, such as those seen in Jurassic World, are really much more like modern birds that we have ever imagined.
Paleontologist Jack 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. Horner’s research covers a wide range of topics about dinosaurs, including their behavior, physiology, ecology and evolution. Due to struggles with the learning disability, dyslexia, Horner does not hold a formal college degree but was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Montana in 1986. Also in 1986 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.
He is Montana State University’s Regents Professor of Paleontology, and the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and is widely acknowledged to be the inspiration for the main character in the book and film Jurassic Park.