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Free public talk on dinosaurs and the origin of birds at UK, Feb. 21

A free educational talk on "Feathered Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds" will be available to the public on Thursday evening, February 21 at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. The 7:00 p.m. talk will be given by Dr. Philip Currie, who teaches at the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. His talk will be of interest to students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in dinosaurs and their relationship to birds.

Dr. Currie’s is the third in the Darwin Lecture Series sponsored by the Kentucky Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Kentucky Geological Survey, a research entity at the University of Kentucky. Other co-sponsors include departments at other Kentucky universities as well as geologic societies in the state.

Dr. Currie has been interested in dinosaurs since his childhood, and his research now focuses on growth and variation of these prehistoric animals, their behavior and migrations, and the origin of birds.

More information on the event can be found online here: or by contacting Richard Smath at the Kentucky Geological Survey by e-mail ( or phone, (859) 323-0503.  Parking for the public will be available after 5:30 p.m. that evening in UK lots marked as "E" lots. Those lots are shown on a map at the Web site above.

Previous speakers in the series included anthropologist Eugenie Scott, who spoke last year on "Darwin: Demon or Revolutionary?" and Jack Horner, whose 2011 talk was entitled "How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn’t Have to be Forever."