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The Delaware Valley Paleontological Society
March's Monthly Program
The Academy of Natural Sciences, Thursday, April 20th, 7:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR APRIL DVPS MEETING IS A WEEK EARLY (3rd Thursday evening instead of 4th Thursday), BECAUSE THE NFL DRAFT WILL BE ON THE PARKWAY DURING OUR NORMAL MEETING DATE.

Our speaker for April’s program is Steven Jasinski. Steven is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Curator of Paleontology and Geology at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. Much of his current research focuses on morphological variation of animals and its bearing on the evolution of distinct evolutionary groups. It also is useful in aiding scientists clean up potential problems in taxonomy and systematics. A portion of his dissertational research focuses on the evolution of the Dromaeosauridae, carnivorous dinosaurs made more famous by Velociraptor from Jurassic Park.

Dromaeosaurids are a group of relatively small, bipedal carnivorous dinosaurs that include members such as Deinonychus, Utahraptor, Microraptor, and Velociraptor. These theropods are thought to be quick, agile, potentially pack hunters, and probably skilled hunters. They usually remained small, perhaps 2 meters long and usually less than 22 kg (about 50 pounds). They are considered to be closely related to modern birds, and numerous members are known to have possessed feathers. The earliest members in North America are known from the Barremian (Early Cretaceous) of Utah. The last few years have seen several new taxa from the Maastrichtian (end of the Cretaceous), showing they survived until the end-Cretaceous Extinction. These new fossil taxa are helping answer some questions about the evolution of these dinosaurs, but also providing several new ones.

Steven’s talk is titled, “Evolution of the North American dromaeosaurids (Dromaeosauridae): the last “raptors in North America.”


Meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month from September through June in the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (except for November and December when the meetings are held on the third Thursday of those months). There are no meetings during the months of July and August. All meetings begin at 7:30 pm. The 19th Street entrance must be used to access the museum. Meetings are free and open to the general public. Attendees are encouraged to bring recent finds, fossils of interest, and new acquisitions for "show and tell".  
In case of inclement weather or for directions, check the website at: www.ansp.org or call 215-299-1000 Academy of Natural Science Main Desk (during normal business hours) or 215-299-1019 (19th Street Entrance Desk after hours) or use your best judgement.

Address for Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University:  1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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