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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

TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2016  ǀ 7 pm
Paleo Adventures! Field Stories by Real Paleontologists with
Dr. Luis Chiappe and Dr. Nathan Smith 

Picks, shovels, brushes… wind and dirt. Are those real components of a fossil excavation?! Get the inside scoop! Join us for an evening with NHM’s Dinosaur Institute paleontologists as they share their adventures from the field – the good, bad, and the gnats. Following the discussion, take a tour of our Dinosaur Hall and the special exhibition, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

  Dr. Luis Chiappe
  VP, Reseach and Collections & Director of the Dinosaur Institute

  In his role as VP of Research and Collections, which he assumed in 2012, Dr. Chiappe oversees the research programs of more than 25 PhD scientists and the vast biological, geological, and cultural collections of NHM. 

  Dr. Nathan Smith
  Associate Curator in the Dinosaur Institute
  As an Associate Curator in the Dinosaur Institute, Dr. Nathan  Smith supervises the Dinosaur Institute staff and conducts  paleontological research in support of the Institute's programs. Originally from           Crystal Lake, Illinois, Nate grew up fascinated with  dinosaurs, science, and baseball. 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2016  ǀ 7 pm

The Making of Pterosaurs with
Dr. Mark Norell and Dr. Alexander Kellner 

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 Mark Norell, of the American Museum on of Natural History, and Alexander Kellner, of the Museu Nacional/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil.