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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103

Academy Town Square featuring Ken Lacovara on Why Dinosaurs Matter

Tuesday Oct 17 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

The Academy Town Square series of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and WHYY’s The Pulse present “Why Dinosaurs Matter: A Conversation with Kenneth Lacovara”

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Lacovara, PhD, dean of the School of Earth & Environment and director of Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park, Rowan University is a paleontologist who is world renowned for his discovery of the giant plant-eating dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani. He also is known for uncovering scientifically significant Cretaceous-age fossils in Mantua Township, N.J.

At this Academy Town Square, moderated by WHYY’s The Pulsehost Maiken Scott, Lacovara will take us back in time and offer the latest ideas about dinosaurs and what their extinction means for humankind. After the discussion, he will sign copies of his new book Why Dinosaurs Matter.

Lacavora is the director of the Rowan University Fossil Quarry, where, for 13 years, he has conducted globally significant scientific research in a former sand mining pit. Lacovara and his researchers have uncovered numerous articulated skeletons at this site, leading the team to hypothesize that the animals were part of a mass die-off—linked perhaps to the asteroid-induced calamity that ended the reign of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Committed to the discovery and characterization of extinct forms of life, Lacovara conducts exploratory fieldwork in pursuit of species that contribute to our understanding of life. His research focuses on the Mesozoic Era paleo environments.

This is event is free of charge, but registration is required. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 6:30 p.m.

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