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Science Café – From Destruction Comes Creation: Using Taphonomy to Understand Dinosaur Behaviour

Taphonomy is the study of the processes that act on an organism after it dies and before it becomes fossilized. Taphonomic processes are often characterized as destructive by nature, because they tend to obliterate information relating to soft tissues and behaviour. However, this is not always the case; sometimes taphonomic processes can actually enhance our understanding of prehistoric life.

In this talk Jordon Mallon, adjunct professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, will discuss areas of dinosaur research, where taphonomic processes have helped, not hindered, our understanding of the life habits of these ancient animals.

Where: Ottawa Public Library, Sunnyside Branch, 1049 Bank Street.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The free 20-minute discussion will be followed by a question and answer session. This is the final Science Café of the 2015-2016 academic year. The series will resume in September 2016.

The Science Café series is organized by the Faculty of Science at Carleton University to discuss relevant issues facing our society and how science can help solve real-world problems. Meet some of our award-winning faculty members and graduate students as they share their excitement about science with the community. For more information, visit Sciencecafe.Carleton.ca.

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