Antarctica: Fossil Exploration at the End of the Earth

Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

The 2017 Academy Town Square series of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents a talk and discussion on Antarctica on Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. In December 2016 Academy Vertebrate Paleontologist Ted Daeschler embarked on his first expedition to Antarctica to seek out fossils dating back to a time well before the Age of Dinosaurs. The objectives of the trip were to collect 390-million-year-old fossils from the Transantarctic Range to help answer questions about the diversity and distribution of fishes during the Devonian Period.

At this Academy Town Square Daeschler will recount the sometimes-harrowing conditions at this bleak windswept landscape of rock and ice. With magnificent photographs and a knack for storytelling, he will describe the methods and tools used for fossil exploration and survival, and what scientists are learning about evolution and extinction. A small exhibit of some fossil specimens from the expedition will be on display for the event.

Daeschler is the associate curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where he has worked since 1987. His research has generally focused on collecting and describing Late Devonian fossil vertebrates from Pennsylvania and the Canadian Arctic, including numerous lobe-finned fishes along the lineage leading to the earliest limbed animals. His responsibilities focus on research, teaching, collections building, library and archives, and public programs within the museum. He served as a scientific advisor for the renovation of the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall, and he has assisted with a variety of other paleontological exhibits.

This is event is free of charge, but registration is required. Doors open at 6p.m. and the talk begins at 6:30 p.m

Photography by Sune Tamm.

Event Type: 
History and Preservation
Science and Technology