Leading Paleontologist speaks on pack-mentality in Vernon

One of the biggest names in paleontology will be in Vernon Feb. 2 to speak on his ground-breaking theory into the habits of carnivorous dinosaurs that roamed the Red Deer River badlands of Alberta.

Photo: the Alberta Order of Excellence

Photo: the Alberta Order of Excellence

Dr. Philip Currie, who came to international acclaim for his research, will be the featured guest at a matinee presentation at the Vernon lecture theatre as part of the Okanagan College’s Science in Society Speaker Series.

His presentation, entitled Albertosaurus – Did this giant flesh-eating dinosaur hunt in terrifying dino gangs? will delve into his theory that dinosaurs were intelligent enough to hunt in packs.

‘The Albertosaurus bonebed and several other localities suggest behavioral patterns more complex than people have been willing to attribute to dinosaurs until recently,” said the University of Alberta professor who currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology.

This marks the second time Currie has spoken to the Vernon community, which will be hosting a pre-historic carnival in conjunction with the event.

Tickets for Currie’s 3:30 p.m. talk are available in advance for $10 through the Okanagan Science Science, or $12 at the door.

Currie has been at the forefront of dinosaur discovery throughout his career, naming 25 new species and promoting new theories on dinosaur behaviour and the origin of birds.

The Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by Okanagan Science Centre and the Okanagan College) is sponsored by the Sparkling Hill Resort, Starbucks Coffee, Sweet Caroline’s Bakery, and the Vernon Morning Star.

For advanced tickets and more information, visit the Okanagan Science Centre at http://www.okscience.ca or call (250) 545-3644.

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