MARQUETTE – Dinosaur expert Jack Horner, who served as a technical adviser for the Jurassic Park movies, will give a talk on “Cool New Things about Dinosaurs” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at Kaufman Auditorium. The presentation is suited for students in grades four and above, as well as interested community members.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Horner is the curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. His research on dinosaurs has covered such topics as their behavior, physiology and ecology. He discovered the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting and the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs. He has named a number of new dinosaurs, and two dinosaurs, “Achelosaurus horneri” and “Anasazisaurus horneri”, have been named after him.

At his recent Hell Creek Project Dinosaur Dig in northeastern Montana, a record eight specimens of Tyrannosaurus rex were discovered and unearthed, including the oldest T-rex on record, estimated to be about 68 million years old.

HornerÂ’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and television specials. He has also written a childrenÂ’s book, Maia: A Dinosaur Grows Up, which will be available for purchase and signing after his presentation at Kaufman. The book is about Maia, a duck-billed dinosaur (hadrosaur), from her days as a hatchling to her experiences as a mother. The account is based on HornerÂ’s theory that some dinosaur mothers nurtured and defended their young.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The public is invited to attend this free event. HornerÂ’s visit is sponsored by a grant from SBC and is hosted by the Glenn T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics at Northern Michigan University. The Seaborg Center is one of 35 state-sponsored Mathematics and Science Centers in Michigan, serving all public and private schools in Marquette and Alger Counties. For more information call 227-2002.

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Jessica Holman