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Geological Society London May Public Lecture - Matinee

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Could we ever know how dinosaurs thought or behaved?

David Norman, Cambridge University

The last non-avian dinosaur trod the Earth about 66 million years ago, therefore the task of researching such ephemeral topics as thought and behaviour in such long-dead creatures presents us with many scientific imponderables: it is, arguably, one of the ultimate forensic-style challenges.

This lecture explores some of the lines of evidence and deductions that have accumulated over many decades of research by palaeobiologists. Of course all this is inference, that is to say based on our knowledge of the biology of living creatures that are distant relatives of dinosaurs. It is inevitable that something as delicate and fragile as a dinosaur brain would be the very first thing to decay after death and that no trace of brain tissue could ever be preserved ... or is it? Strange things can happen during the process of fossilisation!


Matinee lecture

14.30 Tea and coffee served in the lower library

15.00 Lecture

15.45 Questions and answers

16.00 Lecture ends and guests depart

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