Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series: March of the Fossil Penguins.

Sunday, February 2, 2020 — 1:30pm - 3:30pm

 Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series: March of the Fossil Penguins. 

Image: Two Kairuku penguins pass a stranded dolphin. ILLUSTRATION COURTESY CHRIS GASKIN AND UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO

 2:00 – 3:00 pm March of the Fossil Penguins - Dr. Daniel Ksepka's talk

Family activities from 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

Penguins have thrived in the southern oceans since the dawn of the Cenozoic Era, more than 60 million years ago. In the past few years, dozens of spectacular new fossils have shed light on the early part of their evolutionary history and revealed a new whole new cast of characters who preceded today's adorable aquatic denizens.

Dr. Daniel Ksepka's talk, “March of the Fossil Penguins”, will examine the fossil record of Earth's most completely aquatic birds. Drawing on his research trips from South America and New Zealand, Dr. Ksepka will explore how avian paleontologists are piecing together how the penguins evolved, how they grew to such enormous sizes, and even the colors of their feathers.

 

Seaside Center’s Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series: March of the Fossil Penguins. Penguins have thrived in the southern oceans since the dawn of the Cenozoic Era, more than 60 million years ago. In the past few years, dozens of spectacular new fossils have shed light on the early part of their evolutionary history and revealed a new whole new cast of characters that preceded today's adorable aquatic denizens. Drawing on his research trips to South America and New Zealand, Curator of Science Dr. Daniel Ksepka will discuss how avian paleontologists are piecing together how the penguins evolved, how they grew to such enormous sizes and even the colors of their feathers. Family activities from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.

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