A Sound of Distant Thunder at MMNH

Sycamore, IL—“Sauropod”—a fancy word for a familiar fellow. Sauropods are the long-necked, four-legged, plant-eating giant dinosaurs that we all know and love. Come learn more about them at the Midwest Museum of Natural History on Sunday, March 14 at 3:00 pm.

Dr. Matthew Bonnan will be the featured presenter for March’s Sunday Science Series. His lecture, entitled A Sound of Distant Thunder, will focus on a new dinosaur from South Africa called Aardonyx (“earth claw”). While many aspects of sauropods are well-documented, the beginnings of their climb to gigantism in the Early Jurassic (apx. 206 million years ago) remain poorly understood… until now! Aardonyx appears to be closely related to the common ancestor of all sauropods and is shedding light on the rise of the sauropod giants. Bonnan’s lecture is free with museum admission.

Dr. Matthew Bonnan is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University. Dr. Bonnan is a vertebrate paleobiologist who specializes in understanding dinosaurs as living animals. Dr. Bonnan’s research spans the lab and the field, and his current fieldwork in Utah and South Africa focuses on the evolutionary anatomy of the Jurassic sauropod dinosaurs.

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