Paleontologist Paints Vibrant Picture of Dinosaurs

Event: "Dinosaurs in Living Color," a public outreach lecture, presented with a screening of the National Geographic film "Dinomorphosis." Both events are free and open to the public.

When: Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. (film), 7 p.m. (lecture). Pre-lecture activities begin at 5:30 p.m.

Where: LBJ Auditorium

Background: Professor Julia Clarke, a member of the team that helped pioneer the technique of reconstructing color in feathered dinosaurs, will bring to life the study of dinosaurs in a lecture on evidence of their color, their ties to modern-day birds and recent changes in scientific understanding of them. Clarke is a paleontologist at The University of Texas at Austin's Jackson School of Geosciences and a research associate with the American Museum of Natural History.

Award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Jenny Kubo will join Clarke for a screening and discussion of her film "Dinomorphosis," which combines vivid special effects and the latest science to build a new picture of what dinosaurs looked like and how they behaved.

Teachers can receive professional development credits for attending the film, lecture and discussion groups planned around the event.