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Dinosaur Biology Conference April 3

March 21, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's biology department will collaborate with Augustana College to present "The Present as Key to the Past: The Road to Understanding Dinosaurs," a one-day conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the University Union Sandburg Theatre on the Macomb campus.

The conference, open free to the public, will feature the work of WIU and Augustana College students involved in paleobiological research, as well as the work of their advisers, Matt Bonnan, WIU associate professor of biological sciences and vertebrate paleontologist, and William Hammer, the Fritiof M. Fryxell chair of geology at Augustana College.

"Dinosaurs were the most successful land-living vertebrates ever," said Bonnan. "Understanding their success as living animals involves interpreting their biology and ecology. This requires us to investigate both the biology of their living relatives -- reptiles and birds -- and to understand the geological processes at work in modern environments."

For more information, contact Bonnan at 309/298-2155 or e-mail Full information on the conference is available on Bonnan's website,

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