February 9 — Great Basin Chapter Meeting with Speaker Colin Boisvert

Thursday, February 10, 7:00 PM
Great Basin Chapter Meeting

Speaker Colin Boisvert, MSc will present—
Around the Neck Bend: Working on the Biomechanical Analysis of the Neck of Apatosaurus excelsus using BYU 18531 as a Case Study

Join the Great Basin Chapter, Utah Friends of Paleontology, February 9 at 7:00 PM for our first hybrid meeting of 2023. Our guest speaker in-person and online at the Utah Core Center will be Colin D. Boisvert, MSc student in Vertebrate Paleontology at Brigham Young University. Colin currently works at the BYU Museum of Paleontology and is studying sauropods, long neck dinosaurs. The museum has a relatively complete specimen of the apatosaurus excelsus. The animal was recovered with an almost complete neck, with minimal distortion so they are taking digital 3D models to figure out how the animal moved and held its neck. Despite what animations and movies show, we really have little understanding of how these dinosaurs moved those “iconic and massive necks around.”

Visit the Great Basin Chapter’s hybrid meetings page for online meeting registration and in-person meeting map links.9

Photo of Masters student Colin Boisvert with yellow fall leaves behind him