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Dinner@Dana: How feathers saved the dinosaurs

Contrary to popular belief, dinosaurs almost certainly did not become extinct 65 million years ago at least not quite. There is now overwhelming evidence that one group, including such dinosaur superstars as tyrannosaurus and velociraptor, developed feathers and eventually gave rise to modern birds.

Dr Matt Wilkinson, zoologist from the University of Cambridge and FameLab runner-up, explains how the one-time lords of the Earth conquered the skies in one of the most extraordinary and controversial evolutionary stories.

Matt Wilkinson’s current research interests are trying to understand the aerodynamic and mechanical behaviour of pterosaur wings by carrying out wind tunnel experiments and free flight tests on scale models. These models have to be as accurate as possible, so a major thrust of his work is the search for exceptional fossil specimens and the development of new techniques to reconstruct the wings on the basis of such fossils. Matt will be bringing along one of these models to help illustrate his talk.


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Date and Time:

27 April 2006 at 6:30 pm


2 hours 30 minutes



Dana Centre
165 Queen's Gate
+44 20 79 42 40 40
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Science Museum
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This event costs £13 and places must be booked by calling 020 7942 4040 or by emailing tickets@danacentre.org.uk.
The Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 2DD

This event will take place at the Dana Centre - the Science Museum’s ambient and acclaimed bar and café in the heart of South Kensington dedicated to discussing contemporary science, health, medicine and technology in a cultural context.

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