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20 September 2021Third Trewin Lecture: Dino-color extravaganza

Dino-color extravaganza::New Visions of a Lost World

Michael J. Benton

Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol

 

Twenty-five years ago, the first feathered dinosaur was reported, Sinosauropteryx. There has been a revolution in dinosaur palaeobiology since then, driven by thousands of amazing specimens from China plus new analytical methods.

In 2010, we were among the first to develop a new analytical method to identify the colour of feathers, including the feathers of dinosaurs. Suddenly the ancient world came to life!

Since then, the methods have been criticised, tested, and applied to many exceptional fossils of dinosaurs and birds, and the plumage colours and patterns reconstructed. These methods are scientific, meaning they can be tested (and so far they have withstood critical testing), and they make definite predictions about the colours of dinosaurs and other extinct animals.

In a new collaboration, Mike Benton works with renowned palaeo-artist Bob Nicholls to bring to life 15 dinosaurs, birds and pterosaurs from all continents, and to show in detail how they looked in life. For the first time, we can believe what we see in the reconstruction, based on intimate study of skin, scales, and feathers of these ancient beasts.

Mike and Bob’s book ‘Dinosaurs: New Visions of a Lost World’ is published in September 2021 by Thames & Hudson.

 

DETAILS OF MEETING:

Professor Benton's talk will be given at 6.30pm on 23rd September.  It will be delivered via Zoom. We expect many members and readers will want to attend.

Please notify us at admin@thefriendsofhughmiller.org.uk and we will share the link with you. 

Professor Benton, FRS & FRSE, was awarded OBE for services to palaeontology in the birthday honours list.

29 August 2021Martin Gostwick - the Loss of a Great Friend

It is with great sadness that the Friends of Hugh Miller committee share the news of the death of our founder and long-time secretary, Martin Gostwick, in July 2021. As a valued member of the Friends, you will no doubt recognise the extraordinary enthusiasm and commitment that Martin brought to our small charity; his loss is felt keenly by all.

martin gostwick

Martin, August 2014, at the commissioning of the Friends of Hugh Miller Banner

 

The latest newsletter (issue 49) provides considerable insights into Martin’s rich and at times astonishing life, and includes the final piece that Martin wrote for Hugh’s News before his death, which celebrates the completion of ‘Eliza’s Path’ at St. Regulus Churchyard in Cromarty. 

The Friends committee thank you for your ongoing support, and please rest assured that we will do all in our power to honour Martin’s legacy and help the Friends of Hugh Miller go from strength to strength. Any help in that regard would be warmly welcomed – and if you have any questions or comments going forward, please do not hesitate to contact us on admin@thefriendsofhughmiller.org.uk

30 June 2021DINO-COLOR REVELATIONS

THIRD TREWIN LECTURE ALL SET

Dino-color extravaganza::New Visions of a Lost World

Michael J. Benton

Professor of Vertebrate Palaeontology, University of Bristol

 

Twenty-five years ago, the first feathered dinosaur was reported, Sinosauropteryx. There has been a revolution in dinosaur palaeobiology since then, driven by thousands of amazing specimens from China plus new analytical methods.

In 2010, we were among the first to develop a new analytical method to identify the colour of feathers, including the feathers of dinosaurs. Suddenly the ancient world came to life!

Since then, the methods have been criticised, tested, and applied to many exceptional fossils of dinosaurs and birds, and the plumage colours and patterns reconstructed. These methods are scientific, meaning they can be tested (and so far they have withstood critical testing), and they make definite predictions about the colours of dinosaurs and other extinct animals.

In a new collaboration, Mike Benton works with renowned palaeo-artist Bob Nicholls to bring to life 15 dinosaurs, birds and pterosaurs from all continents, and to show in detail how they looked in life. For the first time, we can believe what we see in the reconstruction, based on intimate study of skin, scales, and feathers of these ancient beasts.

Mike and Bob’s book ‘Dinosaurs: New Visions of a Lost World’ is published in September 2021 by Thames & Hudson.

DETAILS OF MEETING: Professor Benton's talk will be given at 6.30pm on 23rd September next. It will be delivered via Zoom. We expect many members and readers will want to attend. Please notify the Secretary at mgostwick@gmail.com if you intend to do so to ensure you are sent the required link when we have it.

Professor Benton, FRS & FRSE, was awarded OBE for services to palaeontology in the birthday honours list.

 

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