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Austin Peay to present special ‘Science on Tap: Huntsville Edition’ on March 24

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Austin Peay State University is hosting a special Science on Tap presentation on Friday, March 24 in Huntsville, Alabama, titled “Science in the Movies: Jurassic Park Edition.”

The event – an exploration of the science behind the classic 1993 film “Jurassic Park” – will discuss the science portrayed in the movie, including its inaccuracies, misconceptions about dinosaurs and the creative liberties taken by the filmmakers.

Dr. Kallina Dunkle of APSU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Dr. Karen Meisch, dean of APSU's College of STEM, will answer the question, “Can you actually create dinosaurs from million-year-old DNA?”

“We’ll talk about what’s wrong with that and what the reality would be,” Dunkle said. “We know that DNA degrades – even if a mosquito did bite a dinosaur and got immediately encapsulated in amber, which is astronomical odds to begin with, the degradation still happens.”

The event is open to the public, especially high school students interested in Austin Peay and Austin Peay alumni in the Huntsville area.

Doors open for dinner at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 6 p.m. at The Canteen at Stovehouse.

Come and enjoy this free presentation, and don’t fret ... velociraptors can’t open the doors.

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