Dinos Among Us! After Hours at the Conservatory

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 6:00pm - 10:00pm

It's time to party in a real life land of the lost! Enjoy locally-crafted libations presented by Brewtruc, Social Kitchen, and Oro en Paz as you step WAY back in time to the age of dinosaurs at this special after hours event for the 21+ crowd. Check out the Conservatory's newest exhibit, Plantosaurus Rex, a prehistoric paradise of plants from the time of the dinos when giant ferns, spiky horsetails, and primitive cycads grew in lush abundance and fed many of the monstrous reptiles that roamed the earth millions of years ago. Then update what you know from 2nd grade about dinosaurs in a fascinating talk by fossil expert Sarah Werning who will explain how fossilized bone tissue has opened a whole in chapter in the study of dinosaur metabolism, lifespan, and even their sex lives! (NOTE: seating is limited for the talk and is available on a first-come, first-served basis - talk is at 7 PM)

Tickets are available online now! 

$5 entry; FREE if you dress as a dino!

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“Inside dinosaur bones: What bone tissues reveal about the life of fossil animals”

Event admission includes a lecture from 7 – 8 pm, with Q&A to follow. Seating capacity limited to 99; first come, first serve. 

Sarah Werning will catch you up to speed on the dino lessons that may be outdated from your school days. For hundreds of years, scientists have examined fossil bones to learn about the life of the past. Recently, a wealth of new information about the lives of dinosaurs and other extinct animals has come from an unexpected source - fossilized bone tissues. By cutting into fossils to examine the tissues preserved inside, we gain new information about the metabolism, lifespan, and even the sex lives of prehistoric species.


Sarah Werning is a PhD candidate in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores how changes in bone tissues in the fossil record reflect the evolution of growth and metabolic rates in reptiles, birds, mammals, and their ancestors. Sarah has spent over a decade collecting dinosaurs and other fossil animals in the United States and Canada. She has a soft spot for scaly animals of the past and present.