September 14, 2010
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This meeting was originally set for February, but canceled due to the snow.
Speaker: Albert Kollar, M.S. Geologist, Section of Geology and Invertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY – A SUBDISCIPLINE OF GEOLOGY
In the past century the discipline of paleontology has grown and evolved from a science of “collect and name” to one that integrates sedimentological, ecological, and evolutionary principles into a cohesive discipline that merges life science and earth history. As such, modern paleontologists must be as proficient in geology as they are in the biological sciences. The history of invertebrate paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, its collections, staff, and their backgrounds parallel the history of paleontology.
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA DISCOVERIES:
The investigation continues of the rocks of the Pittsburgh region for evidence on late Pennsylvanian climate change and how it might affect tetrapod (vertebrate) evolution during the Carboniferous.
A reinvestigation of the holotype euryterid trackway in Elk County, Pennsylvania is underway.