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May 1, 2014

OSU-CHS First Friday Seminar to examine dinosaur feeding

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Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will host evolutionary biologist and paleontologist Dr. Gregory Erickson to discuss the evolution of dinosaur feeding during the First Friday Seminar tomorrow at noon in D-107.

A professor at Florida State University, Erickson will present “Complex Dental Structure and Wear Biomechanics in Hadrosaurid Dinosaurs.” Integrating the fossil record with the sophisticated wear biomechanics, he will share his findings on the evolution and function of the six-tissue dental composition of duck-billed dinosaurs.

Erickson studies the form, function and development of the muscular and skeletal systems of vertebrates. His current projects include determining the lifespan, growth rates and bite force of dinosaurs and crocodilians.

As an expert on the feeding biomechanics of alligators, crocodiles and dinosaurs, Erickson’s research has been published in numerous top tier academic journals. He estimated the bite force of the Tyrannosaurus rex as a guest on the BBC program “The Truth about Killer Dinosaurs” and hosted several seasons of the National Geographic Channel series “Hunter Hunted.”

The seminar is open to the public and light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact OSU-CHS Assistant Professor Paul Gignac at paul.gignac@okstate.edu.

 

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