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SUBJECT: Memorial hosts lecture on feathered dinosaurs and the origin of birds

DATE: Jan. 11,2005

Dr. Phil Currie of the Tyrrell Museum, Alberta, will be speaking on Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds at 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, in the theatre of the Science Building, room SN-2109. Dr. Currie has undertaken fieldwork throughout western North America, the Arctic and China. He is an adjunct professor in the departments of Biology, Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Currie is one of the world's leading paleontologists and is best known for his work with specimens collected in the fossil beds of Dinosaur Provincial Parkand the Gobi Desert. Dr. Currie's fascination with dinosaurs began as a young boy, when he made his first fossil find at age six near his birthplace of Toronto. His interest in dinosaurs carried forward into his college years at the University of Toronto and McGill University, where he earned a doctorate in paleontology. Dr. Currie has conducted field research on several continents, and was co-leader of the Canada-China Dinosaur Project, the largest dinosaur expedition ever undertaken.

The lecture is open to the public and parking is available in Lot15B. The lecture is part of a North American lecture tour sponsored by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, www.aapg.org/.

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For more information, please contact Dr. Greg Dunning, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Memorial University, at 737-8481 or dunning@esd.mun.ca.

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