Port Angeles, Wash.
– Thanks to support from the Port Angeles Education Foundation, YMCA, and AmeriCorps program, twelve Port Angeles High School (PAHS) Science Club students attended Windows Into the World of Giants, a lecture at the University of Washington Friday, March 10th. Dr Matthew Carrano, curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, hosted the evening, speaking about dinosaur research, evolutionary patterns, and the renovations currently being completed at the museum.
“If you are reading this and are over 50 years of age,” John Gllagerh, PAHS science instructor commented, “you would probably produce a completely different list of common dinosaur species than someone under 30 – except for Tyrannosaurus Rex, everyone lists Tyrannosaurus Rex! You see, there have been two grand periods of dinosaur discovery – one from the 1800s through the 1940s and one from the 1980s to the present – in between was a dead zone with no real discoveries being made. Since the 1980s, dinosaur discoveries have been made beyond North America – into China and Mongolia and Africa – so that all different species were discovered. Also, we started thinking beyond just cataloging them and instead trying to figure out how they lived and died.”
“In much the same way,” Gllagher continued, “old museum displays would show static skeletons of dinosaurs, but the modern museums try to show them in realistic ecosystems, showing how their world was similar and different to our own. The new Dinosaur Hall at the Smithsonian will take you back in time, starting with ancient man and leading back to the time of dinosaurs, and back to the beginning of bacterial life on Earth in the form of stromatolites. The overarching theme will be how we are all connected and how we can learn lessons from the past – and maybe not go extinct like the dinosaurs!”
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