Paleontologist Pete Larson Discusses New Archaeopteryx Research, Exhibit

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Registration for June 17 Webinar now available

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[Archaeopteryx] is the link between dinosaurs and birds that Charles Darwin was looking for

WHAT:     Renowned paleontologist Pete Larson will discuss his new research on the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx specimen and answer questions during a webinar on June 17, 2010 at 10 a.m. Central Time. This event is open to the press and general public.

The discussion will offer insight into the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx fossil currently on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science – one of the best known examples of this species - and the other fossils found in the world-renowned quarries of Solnhofen, as well as why these exquisitely preserved specimens are important to the scientific community.

    Of the 10 Archaeopteryx fossils that are known, only one is on display in North America, in the Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution exhibition currently on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. To many scientists and scholars, the species represents the evolutionary gap between dinosaurs and modern day birds.

During the webinar, Larson will lead guests on a video walk through of the exhibit, which culminates with an examination of the Thermopolis Archaeopteryx. Throughout the event, guests are invited to ask questions about the fossil Archaeopteryx, the exhibition, or about Larson’s research.

    The webinar will last approximately 45 minutes.

WHO:     Pete Larson, paleontologist and president of the Black Hills Institute

WHEN:     Thursday, June 17, 10 – 10:45 a.m. Central Standard Time                                 

WHERE:     Your computer, broadcasted via the web.

HOW:     To register for the webinar:
1)    Click here.
Or copy this link into your browser:
2)    Click “Register.”
3)    On the registration form, enter your information and then click “Submit.”

For more information, contact Sami Mesarwi at 713-639-4722 or email smesarwi(at)hmns(dot)org

WHY:    “[Archaeopteryx] is the link between dinosaurs and birds that Charles Darwin was looking for,” said Larson. “We are so lucky in this continent to have one of the original Archaeopteryx’s here. You can get within inches of this specimen and see the beautiful details of the preserved feathers and bones. There has never been an exhibit like this in the States before.”

The Houston Museum of Natural Science—one of the nation’s most-heavily attended museums—is a centerpiece of the Houston Museum District. With four floors of permanent exhibit halls, including the Wortham IMAX® Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and George Observatory and as host to world-class and ever-changing touring exhibitions, the Houston Museum has something to delight every age group. With such diverse and extraordinary offerings, a trip to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive in the heart of the Museum District, is always an adventure.


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