Dinosaur Skin: Much More than Just Scales

Dinosaur Skin: Much More than Just Scales

Learn all about dinosaur skin, from the large pointy scales of a Triceratops to the minute scales of a T. rex.

Barbara Thalhimer Theater
All Ages
60 minutes

Take a fascinating journey into the world of dinosaurs, with an emphasis on their skin! Although rarely preserved, the skin of dinosaurs is known in many species. In this talk, Dr. Christophe Hendrickx reveals the skin in different groups of dinosaurs and discusses their function, evolution, and remarkable diversity in morphology.

Come and discover the unique properties of dinosaur skin, from thermoregulation to camouflage and more. Learn how dinosaur integuments evolved, from the reptilian scales in most herbivorous dinosaurs to the elaborate feathers of small carnivorous dinosaurs closely related to birds.

Find out how some of your favorite dinosaurs’ skin may have looked! This lecture will provide an incredible view into the world of dinosaur skin that you don’t want to miss! From horned dinosaurs such as Triceratops, which included large polygonal and sometimes pointy scales, to enormous long-necked dinosaurs with medium-sized scales and bumpy surfaces, to well-known carnivorous dinosaurs like T. rex, which on the contrary, was covered with small scales and/or feathers. Attendees will learn about several exquisitely well-preserved specimens whose integuments have recently provided information on skin color, the presence of a belly button and more!

  • What: “Dinosaur Skin: Much More than Just Scales,” presented by Dr. Christophe Hendrickx, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Unidad Ejecutora Lillo, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
  • When: Wednesday, July 13, 12 - 12:45 pm
  • Where: Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 West Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

How to Attend

We're thrilled to offer Lunch Break Science in person again! This is a FREE lecture you don’t want to miss! Stop by the Science Museum of Virginia, July 13, at noon. Please arrive early, no registration is required and presentations are limited to 120 guests. Just show up at least 15 minutes early, check in at the Guest Services desk and take a seat!

Please note: lecture guests will be in person at the Science Museum. Dr. Christophe Hendrickx will be streamed in via Zoom from Argentina.

Lunch Break Science is a free lecture series presented by the Science Museum that addresses current scientific topics that help to inspire and encourage Virginians to enrich their lives through science.