Birds 'n Bites: "The Evolution of Birds - From Dinosaurs to Doves"

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Regular Events
Date
Jan 19, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Description

“The Evolution of Birds: From Dinosaurs to Doves”  presented by Kitty Coley, Geologist, Wildlife Naturalist and and Natural History Expedition leader for National Geographic, Smithsonian, and Victor Emanuel Tours

The hunt for the ancestors of living birds began with a specimen of Archaeopteryx, the first known bird, discovered in 1861. Biologist Thomas Huxley, Darwin’s colleague, was the first to propose thatbirds might be related to dinosaurs. With the discovery of fossils from China in the late 1990s and more recently from other countries, as well as by looking at old museum specimens from new perspectives and using new methods, we have discovered birds evolved from small carnivorous dinosaurs during the Late Jurassic (around 150 million years ago). Over tens of millions of years of evolution rather than inone burst of innovation, birds’ classic small, lightweight, feathered, and winged body plan was pieced together gradually. This talk presents some of that amazing story.

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