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Lawrence Witmer to discuss “Digital Dinosaurs—Fleshing Out the Past!” at Science Cafe

From Staff Reports | Jan 30, 2019

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for millions of years, and their remarkable skeletons fill our museums. But what were dinosaurs like as living, breathing animals, and how can we even know?

Join Lawrence Witmer, Ohio University professor of biomedical sciences and Chang Professor of Paleontology, for his Science Café, “Digital Dinosaurs – Fleshing Out the Past!” at 5 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 6, in Baker Center Front Room.

Witmer will show how the latest in high-tech imaging, 3D computer modeling, and 3D printing—combined with old-school anatomy—allow his National Science Foundation-funded Visible Interactive Dinosaur Project to “flesh out” dinosaurs in unprecedented ways, shedding new light on dinosaur biology. How smart were dinosaurs? How did they communicate? Why didn’t such huge animals get heat stroke? What makes Tyrannosaurus rex such a pop star? 

Witmer will bring numerous dinosaur fossil skull casts—including full-size skulls of T. rex, Parasaurolophus and Ankylosaurus —as well as computer visualizations to give Science Café participants a view from the cutting edge of dinosaur science.

Science Cafés are part of Ohio University’s Café Series, Wednesdays at the Baker Center Front Room. The series provides a venue for students to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty presenters, staff and the Athens community.

Free coffee is offered to the first 50 attendees, and participants who ask questions can win a free t-shirt. The series is supported by the Ohio University Research Division and Sigma Xi.

The Science Cafe also may be viewed live or after the event here https://livestream.com/ohiocas/events/8469539.

Learn more! Watch the 1-minute Café Series video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8IBC6nS4Ag and view the schedule of spring semester speakers: http://www.ohio.edu/sciencecafe.

For more about the WitmerLab, visit:

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