Thursday, November 14 from 6 to 7 p.m. Walker Lecture Hall | Free to attend.
Join us for the next edition of 2nd Thursday Science Talks, when Dr. Adam Pritchard, assistant curator of paleontology at VMNH, presents "Lost Variety: Anatomical Innovations in the Reptile Fossil Record".
When an animal becomes extinct, we can lose more than just the species; we can also lose the unusual physical adaptations that the animal possessed. During the presentation, Dr. Pritchard will discuss three fossil reptiles, all of which had unique physical traits that we no longer see in nature. Dr. Pritchard will also discuss the strange evolutionary adaptations these reptiles developed to allow them to fill specific niches, and what happens when these creatures die out and those niches suddenly go unfilled.
Photo Caption: Dr. Adam Pritchard, assistant curator of paleontology at VMNH, moves specimens inside the museum's paleontology collections area.
2019-20 2nd Thursday Science Talks Schedule
November 14 Dr. Adam Pritchard, Assistant Curator of Paleontology, VMNH December 12 Jason Gibson, Virginia Herpetological Society January 9, 2020 Ben Williams, Science Administrator, VMNH February 13, 2020 TBA March 12, 2020 Dr. Paul Marek, Professor, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech April 9, 2020 Dr. Kal Ivanov, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, VMNH May 14, 2020 Dr. Nancy Moncrief, Curator of Mammalogy, VMNH