Living Dinosaurs: From T-Rex to Thrashers: The Origins of Modern Birds

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Modern birds descended from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include the towering Tyrannosaurus rex and the smaller velociraptors. The theropods generally weighed between 100 and 500 pounds — giants compared to most modern birds — and had large snouts, big teeth, and scales. So how did the ancestors of T-rex shrink, grow feathers, and become birds as we know them today?
Join us as Dr. Robinson discusses the evolutionary link between dinosaurs of the past and birds of today. From T-rex to thrashers, and from velociraptors to vesper sparrows, we will explore the long family history of dinosaurs and birds.
Dr. Douglas Robinson is an evolutionary biologist whose teaching and research experiences have focused on organismal biology and behavior. His research for the last 20 years has been on the breeding biology and social behavior of birds, and has most-recently focused on American Crows. Dr. Robinson teaches organismal biology courses at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.