Lecture: Finding the World’s Most Interesting Dinosaur

Lecture: Finding the World’s Most Interesting Dinosaur


James M. Clark, GW Ronald Weintraub Professor of Biology

The Gobi Desert of China has produced some of the most important dinosaur discoveries in recent years, and one of the most successful series of expeditions to this area was led by Dr. James M. Clark, along with his colleague Dr. Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Hear Dr. Clark describe how their expeditions unearthed fascinating new dinosaurs, including the bizarre Limusaurus inextricabilisthat was trapped in a “death pit.”

A collaboration with the GW Department of Biological Sciences and the GW Confucius InstituteFree, but registration is required. Register online or call 202-994-7394. 


Research in his laboratory addresses the evolution of extinct land vertebrates (tetrapods), especially those from fossil deposits of the Age of Dinosaurs (the Mesozoic).  This research is grounded in the fossils discovered by expeditions he have organized or been part of, and focuses on the evolutionary relationships of dinosaurs, crocodylians, pterosaurs, and lepidosaurs.  Questions addressed by his lab include which extinct groups are most closely related to their living relatives (birds, crocodylians, sphenodontids, squamates, turtles), what the fossils tell us about the transition to the living group, and how fossils inform us about the early evolution of these groups.