Discover More Talk and Tour in December

Monash University Palaeontologist Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich will discuss her research in two free public talks at the museum at 12 noon on Tuesday 11 and 10.30am on Saturday 15 December.

Professor Vickers-Rich is the Chair of Palaeontology and Founding Director of the Monash Science Centre, and is visiting the museum for the installation of the Wildlife of Gondwana exhibition, opening on December 15.

Tuesday 11 December - 12 noon

Dinos in Mukluks - How some dinosaurs endured living at the poles

Most dinosaur reconstructions have them wandering around in tropical swamps, enjoying the warm air (but maybe not the mosquitoes!) - but there were some intrepid forms that lived near the then North and South Poles.  Eskimoes today manage to deal with very cold conditions by wearing furry boots, but the polar dinosaurs of so long ago - in the Cretaceous of today's southern Victoris and the North Slope of Alaska - may not have had to wear such attire.  Nor were they likely to find it for sale at the local Dino Safeway or Coles!  Come along and find out why. And also find out just how diverse the polar dinosaurs of Australia were - the most diverse on planet Earth.

Saturday 15 December - 10.30am

Guided tour of the Wildlife of Gondwana exhibition

Join Professor Vickers-Rich on a personally guided tour of the exhibition as she points out the display highlights an the stories behind the exhibition.

Professor Vickers-Rich’s research interests include the origin of life and the early evolution of animals, late Mesozoic ecosystems and climate change, the vertebrate history of Gondwana and communicating science to young children and the general public.

Event Details

11 December 2012 12:00 PM - 15 December 2012 01:00 PM
Level One Theatre
Free with Admission