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Feathers and Fuzz: How Depictions of Dinosaurs Have Changed


Thu 15 Dec 2016, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: temanawa09

When dinosaurs were first discovered, they were portrayed as giant creeping lizards.

Over time, we’ve realised how active and upright they were, but most reconstructions still showed them with dull scaly skin “shrink-wrapped” onto skeletons. The recent discoveries of fossilised feathers have rendered those reconstructions obsolete, and some palaeoartists are considering what dinosaurs would look like if we allowed them the same range of bizarre behaviour and appearance of modern animals.

Presented by Dr Mike Dickison, Curator of Natural History at the Whanganui Regional Museum, this art-heavy talk will look at the science and guesswork behind reconstructing extinct animals.

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