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SciCafe: Which Came First - the Bird or the Bird Brain? with Mark Norell and Amy Balanoff

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It’s no surprise that birds have specialized brains to support the complicated act of flight, but new research shows that dinosaurs evolved the brainpower necessary for flight well before they actually took to the air as birds.

In this SciCafe, join Museum paleontologist and Curator Mark Norell and Research Associate Amy Balanoff as they discuss the cutting-edge research and techniques that have continued to illuminate the evolutionary history of living birds, and their extinct dinosaur ancestors. 

This SciCafe took place at the Museum on January 8, 2014. 

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Click here for more information about the upcoming SciCafe on February 5, when Rebecca Oppenheimer will discuss exploring other solar systems. 

The SciCafe series is proudly sponsored by Judy and Josh Weston.