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ONLINE FREE LIAPG PRESENTATION - Mary Anning: The Unsung Hero of Fossil Discovery

  • January 21, 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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The presentation for 21 January 2021 is: 

Mary Anning: The Unsung Hero of Fossil Discovery

Presented By:

Dr. J. Bret. Bennington*

Professor of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability, Chair

Hofstra University


Back in the early 1800s, when geologists were just beginning to burst the limits of time to reconstruct the geologic history of the Earth, a poor woman living on the south coast of England collected fossils to sell.  By the time of her passing in 1847 Mary Anning had revealed to the world a host of remarkable creatures, including ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs, and the first pterodactyl found in Great Britain.  This talk will take us to Lyme Regis, UK to examine the life and work of the first woman of paleontology who, although having no social standing at all, was known to all of the great geologists of her time.

Time: Jan 21, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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*Bio: Dr. J. Bret. Bennington Dr. J Bret Bennington is currently Professor of Geology at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York where he has been teaching since 1993. His B.S. degree in biology/geology is from the University of Rochester (1985) and his Ph.D. in geology is from Virginia Tech (1995). His research in paleontology involves the quantitative analysis of the fossil record to learn about the evolution of ecological communities over long intervals of time. Other paleontology projects involve studies of marine ecosystems in the Devonian, Carboniferous, and Cretaceous periods, as well as the statistical analysis of fossil footprints.  Other research activities involve the glacial history and glacial geomorphology of Long Island. He is also currently working with Dr. E. Christa Farmer at Hofstra on a project studying the record of past hurricane and major storm events preserved in the marsh and bay sediments of southern Long Island.  Teaching activities include courses in physical geology, historical geology, dinosaurs, hydrology, geomorphology, paleontology, and Charles Darwin and evolution. Dr. Bennington also co-directs a study abroad program in the Gal├ípagos Islands and Ecuador. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Paleontological Society, and the Society for Economic Paleontology and Mineralogy.

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