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Pterosaurs once ruled the sky – now they rule NHM! Join us for a series of discussions in honor of our special exhibition, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs. Hear from paleontologists and other experts in the field, explore the special exhibition after hours, and discover what life was like during the Age of Dinosaurs.
Members, $10; Non-members, $12.
6:00 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Discussion
8:00 pm: Explore Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs or the Dinosaur Hall
9:30 pm: Program Concludes
It started as a fascination for pterosaurs and ended with a beautiful special exhibition. Just how was Pterosaurs: Flight of the Age of Dinosaurs developed? Learn about the making of the special exhibition with paleontologists and curators Dr. Mark A. Norell, of the American Museum on of Natural History, and Dr, Alexander W.A. Kellner, of the Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil.
Kellner was born in the Principality of Liechtenstein and is a naturalized Brazilian. He has a degree in Geology and Masters from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Since 1997, he works at UFRJ, the oldest and most traditional scientific institution of South America. His main research areas include paleobiodiversity and development of ancient ecosystems through deep time.
For the last two and a half decades, Norell has been one of the team leaders of the joint American Museum of Natural History/Mongolian Academy of Sciences expeditions to the Gobi Desert. With the discovery of extraordinarily well-preserved fossils in Mongolia, Dr. Norell and the team have generated new ideas about bird origins and the groups of dinosaurs to which modern birds are most closely related. Dr. Norell came to AMNH in 1989 from Yale University, after receiving his PhD at Yale.