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Texas Dinosaurs!
2008 Austin Earth Science Week Summer Lecture Series
Presented by City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Austin ESW Consortium

Where: Zilker Park Botanical Gardens Center
http://www.zilkergarden.org/about/index.html#parking
When: Thursday, July 31 and August 14, 2008
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Pre-lecture activities at at 6:00 p.m. Post-lecture visit to the Hartmann Prehistoric Garden at 7:45 p.m where DinoLand exhibit will be located this Fall. The lectures are free to the public. Seating is limited to 250 people. No reserved seating.


Lone Star Dinosaurs - July 31
By Dr. Louis L. Jacobs

Professor of Earth Sciences and President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University
(http://www.smu.edu/earthsciences/people/faculty/ljacobs.asp).

Abstract
Texas is a land rich in fossils. They tell us about animals and plants that lived on land and in the sea in times long past. Dinosaur bones of many kinds are found, but their footprints are especially common. This talk will present the story of Texas dinosaurs from the earliest finds to the latest discoveries. But we will look at more than just dinosaurs. We will also see the flying reptiles and swimming lizards, and even turtles, that lived during the Cretaceous Period, before the asteroid struck 66 million years ago. Many fossils are found by kids. You could be the next one to make a great discovery.


Dinosaurs - Not just any Old Reptile! - August 14
By Dr. Pamela R. Owen

Senior Paleontology Educator
Texas Natural Science Center (formerly Texas Memorial Museum) at The University of Texas at Austin

Abstract
What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur? Are birds dinosaurs? Come learn what makes dinosaurs so special and their place in the reptile family tree. We will explore the anatomy, lifestyles and evolutionary relationships of dinosaurs and some of the other fascinating creatures that lived in Texas during the Mesozoic Era.

Contact sigrid.clift@beg.utexas.edu for more information.