So that being said, today, I spent the majority of my time in Technical Session I. Lots of dinosaur talks. I'll admit, my paleontological interests are varied, but I'll always have a soft spot for the "terrible lizards" My childhood obsession with dinosaurs is what started my interest in science. Speaking of science, let's get back to (vaguely talking about) the presentations. This session focused primarily on the ornithischian dinosaurs, their evolution, life histories, body temperature, feeding behavior, and nocturnality. Interesting hypothesis of the day: the "fighting dinosaurs" may have been crepuscular. Awesome. Be on the look out for a paper from Montani and Schmitz about that one.
Topics were also inclusive of many different dinosaur clades. Hadrosaurs and pachycephalosaurs were well represented, but the ceratopsians really stole the show. It has been a banner year for ceratopsians, with several new species named (and perhaps one "un-named"), and the publication of some great new texts. The "mini ceratopsian symposium" that closed Technical Session I was excellent, and I'm really looking forward to seeing some of these papers hit the press. But for now, I'll leave you wanting more. I'll check back in after the second session for a roundup, where I'll most likely be moving from the Mesozoic to the Cenozoic with some mammal info.