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After School Program

From Claw to Wing - Exploratory Course

February 25, 2015 - April 1, 2015

Saurischians to Birds image

A world filled with dinosaurs living side-by-side with humans sounds like science fiction, but everyday you pass dozens of carnivorous raptors, clever avian theropods, and feathered descendants of Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Are dinosaurs really extinct? 65 million years ago a small group of lucky survivors escaped mass extinction. Today they can be found all over the world, soaring over high mountain peaks and roasted on your dinner table. Explore the mechanisms that shaped avian evolution from their “terrible lizard” ancestors, the tools of cladistics and skeletal morphology. We will explore what extinct theropods and birds had in common with paleontological evidence and how paleontologists collect, prepare and analyze fossils in the field.  


Meeting Times: Wednesdays: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates:  2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1


American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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