College to Host Institute for Religion and Science Lecture

Release Date: Monday, April 2, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Peter Dobson, Ph.D., dinosaur paleontologist at the University of Pennsylvania presents the lecture, “Reflections on Fossils and Faith” on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the Commonwealth Chateau, SugarLoaf campus. In his lecture, Dobson will discuss the two pillars in his life: his love for dinosaurs and his faith in God and how these two topics are connected. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College. 


Peter Dodson has spent his entire career as a gross anatomist at the School of Veterinary Medicine, and as a dinosaur paleontologist in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He has done extensive fieldwork in the western United States and at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta. In 1981 he discovered a new horned dinosaur in Montana, which he described as Avaceratops lammersi in 1986. He has participated in field projects in Madagascar, Egypt, Argentina and China. With his students and colleagues, he is co-describer of a gigantic sauropod from Egypt, Paralititan stromeri, the diplodocoid sauropod Suuwassea emiliae from Montana in 2004, and the basal neoceratopsian Auroraceratops rugo-sus from China in 2005. His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the University of Pennsylvania Research Foundation. Co-editor of The Dinosauria, author of The Horned Dinosaurs and of several children’s books including An Alphabet of Dinosaurs, he is currently working on a book about the dinosaurs of China.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Religion and Science at Chestnut Hill College at