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Leading Paleontologist to speak in Vernon

Okanagan College Media Release

One of the biggest names in paleontology will be in Vernon Feb. 2 to speak on his groundbreaking theoryPhil Currie 2013 into the habits of carnivorous dinosaurs that roamed the Red Deer River badlands of Alberta.

Dr. Philip Currie, who came to international acclaim for his research, will be the featured guest at a matinee presentation as part of Okanagan College’s Science in Society Speaker Series.

His presentation, entitled Albertosaurus – Did this giant flesh-eating dinosaur hunt in terrifying Dino Gangs? will delve into his theory that dinosaurs were intelligent enough to hunt in deadly packs.

“The Albertosaurus bonebed and several other localities suggest behavioural patterns more complex than people have been willing to attribute to dinosaurs until recently,” said the University of Alberta professor who currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Dinosaur Paleobiology.

This marks the second time Currie has spoken to the Vernon community, which will be hosting a pre-historic carnival in conjunction with the event.

Currie's talk takes place at 3:30 p.m. in the lecture theatre at Okanagan College’s Vernon campus. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. For advanced tickets and more information on Currie’s Dino Gang theory, visit the Okanagan Science Centre at www.okscience.ca or call (250) 545-3644.

Currie has been at the forefront of dinosaur discovery throughout his career, naming 25 new species and promoting new theories on dinosaur behaviour and the origin of birds.

The Science in Society Speaker Series (a joint project by the Okanagan Science Centre and Okanagan College) is sponsored by the Sparkling Hill Resort, Starbucks Coffee, Sweet Caroline’s Bakery, and the Vernon Morning Star.

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