Are dinosaurs still alive among us today? Were there any dinosaur survivors after the mass extinction 65 million years ago? On Sunday, October 9, join Curator of Geology Chris Sagebiel as he answers these questions in a Sunday afternoon presentation, “Dinosaurs Overhead.” This lecture will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Fisk Auditorium, and is free with paid admission.
“Most people interested in the past learn very early on that dinosaurs died out around 65 million years ago,” said Sagebiel. “Actually, this perception is incorrect. In fact, dinosaurs are all around us – we call them birds. Recent paleontological and molecular discoveries strongly emphasize the close relatedness of birds and dinosaurs, and convincingly demonstrate that birds are actually dinosaurs themselves. In this context, it can be seen that, far from being failures, dinosaurs are wildly successful and diverse survivors even today, thriving on every continent in a wide variety of habitats.”
Mr. Sagebiel will review the abundant evidence supporting the view of birds as dinosaurs, drawing from his extensive knowledge of the dinosaurian fossil record as well as from modern bird anatomy. He will also touch upon exhibits planned to showcase this evidence in the museum’s planned Hall of Geological Wonders.
Mr. Sagebiel is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he earned a Masters Degree in Geology, in vertebrae paleontology. After working with the Texas Memorial Museum, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory, he joined the staff at the San Bernardino County Museum as a collections manager in the geological sciences division and currently serves as the museum’s curator of geology. Sagebiel is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside in the Graduate Group in Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics, studying an array of extinct mammals from South America.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior) and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.
The San Bernardino County Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.