Scholar to Discuss Dinosaur Extinction during Oct. 11 Presentation at TU

Friday, September 29, 2006

A widely published dinosaur scholar will explore the issues surrounding their catastrophic extinction during an Oct. 11 presentation at The University of Tulsa.

David Fastovsky, professor of geosciences at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss the evolution and extinction of dinosaurs during his lecture, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Room M1 at TU’s Keplinger Hall. A public reception in the Keplinger Hall lobby is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The lecture is being sponsored by TU’s Department of Geosciences, which is presenting the event in conjunction with national Earth Science Week. Fastovsky’s presentation will be geared for audiences ranging from middle school children through adults.

Fastovsky’s presentation will examine dinosaur extinction at the boundary of the Cretaceous and Tertiary Periods 65 million years ago. His research has disproved the notion that dinosaurs were declining in diversity during the last 10 million years of their time on Earth. Fastovsky’s research has shown that the diversity of dinosaurs was increasing during the transition between the late Triassic Period through the Cretaceous period. At the peak of their diversity, dinosaurs were brought to extinction by a catastrophic asteroid impact of 65 million years ago.

Fastovsky has been published widely in scientific journals on dinosaur research, and he is the lead coauthor of the popular book, “The Evolution and Extinction of the Dinosaurs,” published by Cambridge University Press. An autographed copy of the book will be presented as a door prize to an attendee under the age of 18.

For more information, contact the TU Department of Geosciences at 631-2517 or 631-3020