Jack Horner, author of “How to Build a Dinosaur” and one of the world’s foremost paleontologists, will talk about how he and other scientists believe they may be able to recreate the extinct creatures. Horner’s lecture, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in Room 102 of UGA’s Miller Learning Center.
Horner and his collaborators believe they may be able to build a dinosaur by slightly modifying the genes of chickens, which are close genetic relatives of dinosaurs.
Horner, a professor at Montana State University, was an adviser for the movie “Jurassic Park” and is well-known for research demonstrating that some dinosaurs cared for their offspring.
Horner is the keynote speaker for this year’s Darwin Days at UGA. The event celebrates the birthday of Charles Darwin, whose theory of evolution and adaptation through natural selection formed the basis of modern-day biological science.
In other Darwin Days talks, scientists will discuss how to build cells, and how lice and humans affected each other’s evolution.
“What we try to achieve during Darwin Days is not just to have scientists talking to other scientists, but to have scientists who study evolution share the importance of that work with the public,” said Mark Farmer, professor and chair of biological sciences in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “Evolution does affect each and every one of us — from antibiotic resistant bacteria to understanding how our genes influence who we are — whether we’re scientists studying it or not.”
For more information on Darwin Days at UGA, set for Feb. 6-9, visit the website http://darwinday.uga.edu/.