Dr. Marc. R. Spencer, an expert on early ornithischian dinosaurs from the Department of Anatomy and Pathology at Marshall University, will present the talk “Cows of the Mesozoic: The Origin and Geographic Distribution of Plant-Eating Dinosaurs”as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary lecture series.
Ornithischians, one of the two major groups of dinosaurs, were the dominant plant-eaters in many ecosystems throughout the Mesozoic Era. They spanned a broad range of sizes and shapes from tiny two-legged runners no bigger than a beagle to the massive spike-tailed stegosaurs, horned and frilled ceratopsians, and duck-billed ornithopods. Some even had feathers. Spencer will discuss the origins of this fascinating group of dinosaurs and how they came to be spread across the planet over the course of 165 million years. He will also discuss what the environment was like in the eastern US during the Age of Dinosaurs and the dinosaurs that inhabited the area.
The lecture series is part of the celebration of the museum’s fiftieth anniversary, and is free and open to all.
The series brings in worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions on archaeology, Egyptology, decorative arts, the American Civil War, geology, and natural history.