Science Sundays

Beginning in 2011, I volunteered with the University of Alberta museums’ Science Sundays. With the help of the U of A Zoology collection, I taught kids how to be “Bone Detectives” and explored the wonders of insectivores.

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Amanda Kelley
Shake Your Tail Feathers

New fossils from the Gobi Desert indicate that tail feather-fans were widespread among oviraptorosaurs. Analysis of the unique form of oviraptorosaur tails indicates that they were also uniquely adapted for flexibility and muscular dexterity.

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Amanda Kelley
Raptor Hunter

Try as she might, my dog Hannah never can get close enough to catch a bird. She should take a lesson from the Chinese theropod Sinocalliopteryx.

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Amanda Kelley
Speed Demon

The devilish face of Carnotaurus makes it a standout. But this South American predator was even stranger at the other end. I have studied some weird dinosaur tails before, but nothing as bizarre as Carnotaurus.

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Amanda Kelley
T. rex Tail

The tail of T. rex and other dinosaurs did a lot more than just counterbalance the front end. Dinosaur tails housed a massive set of limb muscles that powered their every step. My work on digitally reconstructing those muscles suggests that dinosaur tail power was much greater than we thought.

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Amanda Kelley