Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk
colorful bird eggs with one fossil theropod egg
Bird eggs with fossil theropod egg (on the right). Credit: J Wiemann

 

Dinosaur Eggs

The Paleobiological Importance of Color

Jasmina Wiemann

PhD Candidate, Yale Department of Geology & Geophysics

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Yale Peabody Museum

 

Birds are the only living animals with colored eggs. Certain colors are tied to characteristic behaviors, such as enhanced parental care and nesting preferences. But earlier ideas about the evolution of color and behavior did not consider the fossil eggs of birds and their dinosaur ancestors.  We will explore color in both bird and dinosaur eggs using specimens from the Peabody‚Äôs collections to learn about the evolution of nesting and parental care in dinosaurs.

 

Refreshments to follow. Pay-as-you-wish admission.