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The shape of birds' eggs could have
helped them survive the mass extinction
event that killed off the dinosaurs, new
A team analysed the geometric
properties of eggs from 250 million years
ago (Mesozoic Era) to today.
Before the extinction event about 65
million years ago, eggshells had notable
differences to the lineage that survived.
It is these survivors that all modern-day
birds descend from.
But the authors note that egg shape is
but a "small piece of the puzzle" of the
evolutionary conundrum of why one
lineage of birds made it through the mass
extinction event, whereas others did not.
Their findings are published in the Royal
Society journal Open Science.
The analysis found that Mesozoic eggs
were elongated and significantly more
symmetrical than all other bird eggs.
Mesozoic bird eggshells were also more
porous than expected for their size.
Lead author of the work, Dr Charles
Deeming from Lincoln University, found
that fossil remains of eggs from 65 million
years ago onwards were indistinguishable
from modern bird eggs. The Mesozoic
eggs differed significantly. (BBC)
Egg shape 'helped birds survive' asteroid impact
Sixth form students at Queen's
Royal College enjoy expressing
themselves during art class. Work
by the students and artist Tara
Bobart is on show at the College
hall from October 30 until Saturday.
PHOTO COURTESY SABRINA CHARRAN
artwork by QRC
...joint exhibition with Tara Bobart until Saturday
Brightly painted parrots, black and
white graphic prints and collage
experiments are among the art on
display in the roomy hall at Queen s Royal
College (QRC) at St Clair, Port-of-Spain.
This group exhibition by QRC students and
self-taught painter Tara Bobart has been
on since October 30, and continues until
Saturday from 2--6 pm.
It s an exciting use of the hall space: the
room, with rotating uses as backup classroom
space and an assembly room, metamorphosed
into an art gallery this week in a creative col-
laboration between an artist, an art teacher,
a principal, his students and some very helpful
In the process, QRC students---many of
them science students---discovered a whole
new form of expression many had never pre-
viously considered---or had practised secretly,
as a private hobby, never to be shown on a
wall until now.
"I am very excited about the show," said
student Kamau Romano: "It s the first time
I am getting to show my work, and share
with people what I felt through the process
of making it," he said. His artwork The Tide
of Time, he says, is all about how to bring
the past back into the present. It uses glued
jigsaw puzzle pieces, overpainted as a grey
wave, which washes over a more contem-
porary patio scene.
"I liked learning about the different tech-
niques, like papier-mache" said Stephon
Gilbert, a 17-year-old science student who
experimented with building up different layers
of texture in some of his art.
From nature to the surreal
Although clearly all student work, the
pieces show different styles, interests and
emerging voices. Some are naturalistic
(depicting realistic objects in a natural setting),
such as beach scenes, landscapes, animals
and plants. Others have influences from graf-
fiti and Leroy Clarke, such as Mikael Gilbert s
Aaron Raghunanan shows a clean graphic
style in his black and white lino cut prints,
while David Neils explores use of framing/bars
in Melman Memories (about Melman the
giraffe in the Emperor Valley Zoo), and the
use of layered tiny symbols to create an
atmosphere in Napa Air.
One interesting artwork is strongly sur-
realist, even Dali-esque: Xavier Peter-Henry s
collage piece called Heritage. This explores
an imaginary, dreamlike world, where precise
objects are arranged in an illogical, violent
scene that evokes strong emotions about our
attitudes to our own T&T heritage. He paints
a detailed human heart being pierced by a
tall wooden stake. Arteries from the heart
radiate from it, ending in melting clockfaces:
time running out as we murder our heritage?
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