Everything you know about dinosaurs is wrong!

2.00pm to 3.00pm, Saturday 13 November

Theatre Only

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • The cover of a book, depicting a long-necked dinosaur
    Credit: Nosy Crow


Standard: £16
Concession: £10
Ri Member, Young Member, Patron: £7

Event description

Did you know that the fact that all dinosaurs become fossils is wrong? Or the fact that all dinosaurs were enormous is ALSO wrong? It’s time to become a paleontology pro!

Join Dr Nick Crumpton and Dr Susannah Maidment for a dino-tastic event, full of prehistoric myth-busting and fabulous fossils, based around Dr Nick Crumpton’s ingenious new book, Everything You Know About Dinosaurs is Wrong! Expect fluffy dinosaurs, intrepid palaeontologists, and a little bit about how science actually works – and you’ll never look at a pigeon the same way again!

This event is particularly suitable for ages 7+

About the speakers

Dr Nick Crumpton grew up in the UK on a diet of David Attenborough documentaries and hand-me-down Sega games before reading ecology at Leeds University. He moved to beautiful Bristol to research the ancient mammals that lived during the time of the dinosaurs, before he wrote a PhD at the University of Cambridge. He worked at the BBC Natural History Unit and then the Natural History Museum, London, before science-ing at the Zoological Society London and University College London, where he occasionally teaches. As well as writing for children, he works as a zoological consultant. His favourite animals are lowland streaked tenrecs, and he has an aversion to cobras (after one very nearly bit him on his bottom when he wasn’t paying attention).

Dr Susannah Maidment is a dinosaur researcher and the curator of archosaurs at the Natural History Museum, London. Her research centres on the palaeobiology of the bird-hipped herbivorous dinosaurs, with a particular focus on the stegosaurs. Susannah has published more than 50 papers in the international peer-reviewed literature, on subjects ranging from the evolution of four-legged locomotion in dinosaurs to diversity change over time, and she has named several dinosaur species. Susannah makes regular appearances on TV and radio talking about dinosaurs and their world, and has been a guest on CBBC’s Blue Peter, and Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage and The Life Scientific. She was awarded the Hodson Award of the Palaeontological Association in 2016 and the Lyell Fund of the Geological Society in 2017, both for notable contributions by an early career researcher.

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