[CT Birds] Fossil Bird Lecture this Tuesday

Cynthia Ehlinger cehlinger at sbcglobal.net
Fri Sep 5 19:45:24 EDT 2014

This may be of interest to birders. 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lecture. Fossils Take Flight: Reconstructing the World’s Largest Bird
Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830
Bruce Museum Curator of Science Daniel Ksepka, PhD, will discuss his ground-breaking research on the fossilized remains of an extinct giant bird that is likely to have the largest wingspan of any bird ever to have lived.  With a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, Pelagornis sandersi was more than twice as big as the Wandering Albatross, the largest living flying bird. This enormous wingspan places the new species above some theoretical upper limits for powered flight in animals, but nonetheless it is clear from the skeleton the bird was a masterful flyer. Ksepka estimated the length of the feathers based on the relationship between bone lengths and feather lengths in living birds, and used computer models to infer that this species was an efficient glider.
Bruce Museum members are free, non-members are $15. 
Reservations are requested: call 203-869-0376 or email info at brucemuseum.org.

Cynthia S. Ehlinger
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830
cynthiae at brucemuseum.org

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