Friday, June 17, 2005

Dr. Philip Currie To Speak At Canadian Science Writers Conference In Jasper

From the Jasper Booster:

Dr. Philip Currie, Head of Dinosaur Research at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, will host a public presentation on June 19 called ‘Hunting For Dinosaurs’ in conjunction with the Canadian Science Writers Association AGM and Conference. Delegates from the conference will be in Jasper, Alberta, from June 17 - 21.

The main thrust of Currie’s talk will be giving people an idea of what’s going on with dinosaur research in Alberta. “We’re long past the stage where we just describe new animals and tell people what they look like,” said Currie. “We are very much into understanding the biology of these animals and a lot of this research is being done on the basis of material from Alberta.”

Currie, who has published 14 books and many articles on dinosaurs, is a leading proponent of the dinosaur-bird link. “In a way, dinosaurs are not extinct,” he said.

“There’s no question at all that birds are the direct descendents of dinosaurs and that in fact under a modern biological classification...dinosaurs are still alive.”

Currie will talk about that and other dinosaur-related topics, and the presentation will also include a visual component.

Currie’s presentation takes place on June 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jasper Jr./Sr. High School gym.

Image from HERE.