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Unearthing Africa’s Crocs, Dinosaurs & Ancient Civilizations with Dr. Paul Sereno

Add to Calendar Kane Hall 130, UW Campus
Fri., Mar. 7, 2014 | 7 pm
FREE FOR ALL; pre-registration recommended

Sail-backed meat-eaters, toothy fern-mowers, digging raptors, super-sized crocs, soaring pterosaurs, and pre-Egyptian humans are featured in this journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor, Paul Sereno.

Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth. Register today!

Paul Sereno works with students, technicians and artists in his Fossil Lab to bring to life fossils unearthed from sites around the world. Sereno’s field work began in the foothills of the Andes in Argentina, where he discovered the first dinosaurs to roam the Earth some 230 million years ago. His expeditions have led him through the Sahara, Gobi and Thar deserts, as well as remote valleys in Tibet. He also works closer to home excavating a dinosaur graveyard in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains. With a menagerie of spectacular dinosaurs to his credit, he also is known for discovering a series of extinct crocdilians, including the 40-foot long dinosaur-eater dubbed "SuperCroc." Sereno’s latest discovery, an archaeological site in the Sahara predating the Egyptian pyramids, provides a snapshot of human life in a once “green” Sahara.

*Please note: this talk may include images of human remains.

Featured in National Geographic magazine and many documentaries, Paul was named Teacher of the Year (1993) by the Chicago Tribune and was awarded the University Medal for Excellence from Columbia University (1999). He co-founded Project Exploration, a novel science organization that recruits future scientists among urban youth. That effort earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from the White House (2009).