‘Dinosores’ topic of Nov. 25 lecture at Burpee Museum

Online Staff Report

Dr. Joseph Peterson will deliver a 70th Anniversary of Burpee Museum Lecture Series lecture at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 711 N. Main St., Rockford.

Topic of Dr. Peterson’s presentation will be “Dinosores — Injury and Behavior in Cretaceous Dinosaurs.”

With the bones of dinosaurs prepped and displayed, the question becomes what life was like for these beasts. With their giant teeth and enormous femurs, was their behavior as giant?

Over the last few years, Dr. Peterson has studied various injuries in Cretaceous dinosaurs such as the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, the horned Triceratops and the thick-headed Pachycephalosaurus. These injuries or “paleopathologies” provide insight into the paleobiology and behaviors of dinosaurs.

Dr. Peterson has his Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University and teaches in the Geology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The Pecatonica High School graduate volunteered at Burpee Museum for a number of years, working on exhibits and in the prep lab. He participated in Burpee’s digs in Montana from 2001 to 2005, including participating in the team that dug up Jane.

The Nov. 25 lecture is free to members, free with paid admission to Burpee Museum or $5 for the lecture only.

For more information, contact Burpee at (815) 965-3433 or visit burpee.org.

Posted Nov. 21, 2012

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