Science on Tap: Ken Lacovara, “Next-Generation Paleontology”

Science on Tap
Date: February 10, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location:

National Mechanics
22 S. Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
RSVP Online: No Registration Required

Science on Tap is a monthly science café in Philadelphia for anyone interested in getting together with other people to discuss a range of engaging science topics. 

This month’s edition includes a talk by Ken Lacovara, Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science, Drexel University.

According to Lacovara, “Technology in paleontology hasn’t changed much in about 150 years. We use shovels and pickaxes and burlap and plaster. It hasn’t changed—until right now.”

Lacovara and a team of researchers at Drexel University are bringing the latest technological advancements in 3-D scanning and printing to the study of ancient life. Using scale models of real fossils, for the first time they will be able to test hypotheses about how dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals moved and lived in their environments.

About the Speaker

Ken Lacovara, associate professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science at Drexel University, focuses on Mesozoic era paleoenvironments that contain the remains of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. He coauthored descriptions of two new dinosaurs (Paralititan and Suzhousaurus) and is about to unveil the remains of a new giant, a 70-ton titanosaur from Patagonia.

Presented by the The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Open to the public (age 21+ or accompanied by chaperone 25 years or older).

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