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Ancient Superpowers

Tue, Dec 13th 7:00 - 9:00PM

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A Look Into Prehistoric Bones and What They Tell Us

Ancient Superpowers: A Look Into Prehistoric Bones And What They Tell Us

with Nico Spadafora, paleontologist, professional tracker and wilderness educator
DEC 13, 7-9PM | Doors @ 6PM | Advance tickets recommended; $5 suggested donation

People think of dinosaurs and other extinct animals as “dead ends” or failed designs in a world full of success stories, however, this is not the case. Most, if not all of these animals are success stories in themselves! The famously savage Tyrannosaurus rex, for example, was actually a careful, cunning predator and sauropods like Dreadnoughtus may have been terrifying hulks! In this talk, paleontologist Nico Spadafora will look into the “superpowers” that set some of these prehistoric animals apart. With a mixture of Mesozoic dinosaurs and Cenozoic megafauna, he will talk about all things from brain to brawn that make these ancient creatures awe inspiring.

Nico Spadafora is the owner and lead paleontologist of The Fossil Team, an educational company which he and his wife Haley started in 2016. He has been studying paleontology for nearly two decades, but really started focusing on the nitty gritty in his early teens. He dove head first into the scientific literature of paleontology and his knowledge and skills earned him an internship at the Oregon Zoo where he studied the anatomy, behaviors, and traits of elephants, lions, rhinos, and many other animals. Later he worked as a professional tracker and wilderness educator with Trackers Earth following the trails of bears, cougars, elk, and deer. Nico is currently writing a book on the behavior of cenozoic animals such as woolly mammoths, short faced bears, and Smilodon, the famed sabertooth cat. Other than being a nerd for paleontology, Nico enjoys drawing, playing video games, hiking the vast landscapes of the PNW, and snuggling his two cats Indiana Jones and Short Round. You can follow Nico’s paleo happenings on Twitter @TheFossilTeam or on Instagram @the.fossil.teampdx or visit his website at www.fossilteam.com.

Zoom Option

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance using this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is a Zoom option available?

If you are unable to join us in person, you can watch on zoom. You must register in advance via the link above or from the ticketing page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Are there any COVID-19 guidelines or recommendations?
  • Masks are optional but highly recommended for all guests.
    Limited capacity – the theater is limited to 50% capacity or 100 guests.
    There is an fresh air refresh system in the theater.
Are tickets required?

Science Pub at McMenamins Kennedy School Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, purchase your ticket online. Please show your ticket at the check-in table in front of the theater upon arrival.

We will always have tickets available at the door. They are first-come, first-served and admission will remain a suggested donation.

Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 6PM.

Will food be available for purchase?

Kennedy School Theater has everything from pizza to burgers to popcorn and candy. Food and drink are welcome in the theater.

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