This event is free, but pre-registration is recommended.
Over the last two centuries, paleontologists have discovered more than 2,000 species of dinosaurs, and yet we have just begun to understand them as once-living organisms. Dinosaurs “ruled the Earth,” but what did they really do in their ecosystems? How different was the world of dinosaurs from our own? The answers come in surprisingly small packages, but paint a vibrant picture of the Mesozoic world.
Find out more at a free lecture hosted by the Burke Museum with Dr. Matthew Carrano, curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He will discuss how tiny vertebrate fossils reveal a trove of information, from large-scale evolutionary patterns of dinosaurs, to how dinosaurs varied across landscapes and changed over time.
Matthew Carrano has been the Curator of Dinosauria in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History since 2003. He studies the evolution of predatory dinosaurs, the paleoecology of Mesozoic ecosystems, and the quality of the terrestrial fossil record. His fieldwork in the western US, Madagascar, Chile, and Zimbabwe has brought thousands of specimens to the NMNH collections.
At the NMNH, Carrano has been involved in numerous outreach, education, and exhibit projects. He created “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard,” the first Smithsonian exhibit to feature fossils from the Washington, DC region. He is now the lead curator for the Deep Time exhibition, the first complete renovation of the paleontology halls in the museum’s history.
This event is generously sponsored by Nathan Myhrvold and Rosemarie Havranek.