What explains our fascination with dinosaurs? Is it their size? Or is it our endless curiosity with how these вЂњterrible lizardsвЂќ вЂ“ a rough translation of the word вЂњdinosaursвЂќ coined by Sir Richard Owen in 1842 вЂ“ ultimately met their demise?
At Utah State UniversityвЂ™s Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 5, featured speaker Ken Carpenter takes us on an exciting journey to unravel some of the mysteries of these ancient creatures. Known as Utah StateвЂ™s вЂњIndiana Jones of Bones,вЂќ Carpenter is curator of paleontology and director of USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum in Price, Utah. В He presents вЂњThe Latest and Greatest: The Science Behind DinosaursвЂќ at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center.
Hosted by USUвЂ™s College of Science, the event is free and open to all ages.
Hands-on learning activities and refreshments вЂ“ T-Rex Tracks and Dinosaur Drool вЂ“ follow CarpenterвЂ™s talk. Guests are invited to bring their вЂњmysteryвЂќ rocks and fossils for identification by USU geologists, along with their favorite dinosaur cartoons and drawings to post on the eventвЂ™s вЂњDino-Wall.вЂќ
вЂњWeвЂ™ve looked forward to presenting an event about dinosaurs for a couple of years and we canвЂ™t wait to вЂtear intoвЂ™ this topic,вЂќ says Shane Larson, Science Unwrapped committee chair and assistant professor in USUвЂ™s Department of Physics. вЂњIt will be an evening of exciting, prehistoric fun for everyone.вЂќ
The Oct. 5 event is the second presentation in Science UnwrappedвЂ™s fall 2012 вЂњNatureвЂ™s Ancient StoriesвЂќ series.
For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or view the вЂScience Unwrapped at USUвЂ™ page on Facebook.