Science Café Cleveland presents


"Dinosaurs in Technicolor: the evolution of plumage color since the Jurassic"


OCTOBER 10, 2011




Dr. Matthew Shawkey

(Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Akron)



Birds are among the most colorful organisms on the planet, but for years the colors of their ancestors, the dinosaurs, were limited to artists' and children's imaginations and were thought to be scientifically unknowable. The recent discovery of fossilized pigments within the feathers of fossil birds and dinosaurs allows us to not only reconstruct their colors with some certainty but gives us insight into the origins of the astonishing diversity of birds today. I will discuss how my colleagues and I are using these new techniques, along with similar detailed studies of color production in  modern birds, to determine what role color may have played in the deep evolutionary history of birds.




WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)


WHEN: October 10, 2011

Drinks at 6:30 pm, discussion starts around 7:00 pm


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery


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