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February 02, 2012

The Dinosaur in Your Backyard

A lecture with Dr. Luis M. Chiappe
Kane Hall 120, University of Washington Campus
Thursday, February 16, 7 pm
Free; pre-registration required

Seattle –For the third year in a row, the Burke Museum is bringing a world-renowned expert on dinosaur paleontology to Seattle for a free public lecture. This year’s lecture features Dr. Luis Chiappe, who will discuss new research that shows that birds are the living descendants of theropod dinosaurs, and how fossils discovered over the past 20 years have shed light on the origin of avian flight.

Dr. Luis M. Chiappe, Ph.D. is the Director of the Dinosaur Institute and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration is required—space is limited. Register online at: www.burkemuseum.org/events

“The Dinosaur in Your Backyard” lecture is made possible thanks to generous support from Nathan Myhrvold and Rosemarie Havranek.

Looking ahead: Delve further into the world of dinosaurs and explore prehistoric predators and their prey at the Burke Museum’s annual Dinosaur Day, Saturday, March 3, 10 am – 4 pm. Talk with Burke paleontologists, see and touch fossils, and watch scientists prepare a 49-million-year-old giant fossil turtle. Burke members – beat the crowds and get special early admission to Dino Day at 9 am! Become a member today enjoy this benefit of membership.

High resolution images available, email burkepr@uw.edu

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Association of Museums accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days. 

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

Image: Velociraptor. Illustration by Stephanie Abramowicz.