The Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair in Plymouth Meeting, PA, will be Saturday, March 25th, 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday, March 26th, 10 AM to 4 PM. This show is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society.
There will be fossils, minerals and gems for sale, fossil and mineral exhibits, speakers, and learning activities for children. These activities include a fossil dig and a kids mineral corner. There will be food, door prizes and scouting merit badge information.
This years talks are:
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 - 11 AM - Dr. Hermann Pfefferkorn - "Collecting Fossil Plants in the Coastal Desert of Peru and Interpreting Paleoclimate".
Dr. Pfefferkorn is Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as Chairman of the Department of Geology, now Department of Earth and Environmental Science. His research is concerned with fossil plants and what they can tell us about former ecological and climatic conditions during the Carboniferous and Permian Periods when climatic conditions on earth were similar to today. To this end he has pursued field research in North America, Europe, South America and China.
For over 20 years, Dr. Pfefferkorn has collected, together with a Peruvian colleague, plant fossils in the total desert on the coast of Peru, south of Lima. This fossil flora is 332 million years old and represents a greenhouse time between two icehouse intervals. He will compare this with present and possible future climate.
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 - 2:30 PM - Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. - "Carnivorous Dinosaurs: Fierce, Fast, and... Feathered?!?!"
Dr. Holtz is Principal Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park. He is also a Research Associate of the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, adaptations and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, especially of tyrannosauroids (Tyrannosaurus rex and its kin). Holtz received his PhD at Yale University under John Ostrom in 1992.
In addition to his dinosaur research, Holtz has been active in scientific outreach. He has been a consultant on museum exhibits around the world, and on numerous documentaries. He is the author of the award-winning Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.
T. rex and Velociraptor are two of the most famous dinosaurs, but are just part of the great diversity of the Theropoda, or carnivorous dinosaurs. Theropods were the top predators on land from 200 million years ago until the great extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. New fossils have shown how strange and wonderful these creatures could be: from tiny gliding Yi to finbacked fish-eating Spinosaurus to plant-eating Therizinosaurus. And these new fossils have shown that many of these dinosaurs were covered by fuzz, or even feathers; and that today's birds are the living part of the carnivorous dinosaur family tree.
The Mineral Treasures and Fossil Fair will be held at the Shriners LuLu Temple
Directions ; From the PA Turnpike (I-276): Take Norristown exit 333. After tollbooth follow signs for Plymouth Rd. Turn right at bottom of ramp onto Plymouth Rd. Continue to “T” intersection at traffic light. Turn left onto Butler Pike. Go one mile bearing left at the “Y” intersection with Militia Hill Rd. Lu Lu Shriners Temple is on the right.
From the Blue Route (I476): Take exit 20. Follow signs for Plymouth Rd, bearing left. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Plymouth Rd. Continue to “T” intersection at traffic light. Turn left onto Butler Pike. Go one mile bearing left at the “Y” intersection with Militia Hill Rd. Lu Lu Shriners Temple is on the right.
Address: LuLu Temple, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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