Dinosaur Lecture at Stony Brook Southampton


The Student Program Board will sponsor a lecture by renowned paleontologist David Kraus on Monday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in Duke Lecture Hall at Stony Brook Southampton.?Mr. Kraus will discuss his discovery of Majungasaurus crenatissimus, a composite of specimens collected in 1996 on the island of Madagascar by him and his team of fellow paleontologists from the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. A replica is featured at Stony Brook University’s Administration Building and is the only one of its kind in North America. Approximately 21 feet long and standing about 7 feet high, the replica has one of the best-preserved and most complete dinosaur skulls ever found. A very distant relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, this 70 million-year-old meat-eating theropod dinosaur is from the Late Cretaceous period.?Featured on the cover of the May 15, 1998, issue of the prestigious journal Science, the discovery allowed Mr. Kraus and his colleagues to reach new conclusions about the plate tectonic history of the southern super-continent of Gondwana­—a composite continent, made up of Africa, Antarctica, Australia, South America, India, and Madagascar. Numerous bones of Majungasaurus exhibit tooth marks that seem to be attributed only to Majungasaurus itself also led Mr. Kraus to believe that dinosaurs were cannibals and Majungasaurus were the top predator of its time on Madagascar. ?This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 632-5132.

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