Speaker Se­ries con­tin­ues with Cal­gary ge­ol­o­gist

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail

The March 24 ses­sion of the 2016 Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries is a pre­sen­ta­tion by Jon Noad, a pe­tro­leum ge­ol­o­gist from Cal­gary, en­ti­tled “Whoops! Fos­sil Faux Pas!”

While hu­mans have been misiden­ti­fy­ing fos­sils for thou­sands of years, right back to the prim­i­tive Bri­tons with their Devil’s toe­nails (Gryphea bi­valves), fairie hearts (heart urchins), and pet­ri­fied ser­pents (am­monites), there are cer­tain hor­ren­dous mis­takes that the palaeon­to­log­i­cal com­mu­nity will never for­get. Some are quite in­ten­tional, where fake fos­sils have been cre­ated to de­ceive in­no­cent col­lec­tors and sci­en­tists; in other cases, a par­tic­u­lar fos­sil has been com­pletely mis­in­ter­preted as rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent type of an­i­mal or even turned out not to be a fos­sil at all. Some­times the an­i­mal has been re­con­structed with parts of the body up- side down, back to front or, in ex­treme cases, with the wrong head. Fi­nally, there are times when an in­no­cent fos­sil has been used to pro­mote par­tic­u­lar agen­das or ide­olo­gies.

This talk counts down the top twelve fos­sil fail­ures over two- hun­dred years and in­cludes ev­ery­thing from Pilt­down Man to ple­siosaur heads, chimeric di­nosaurs to Char­nia. Pre­pare to be as­ton­ished by the au­dac­ity, gulli­bil­ity, and sim­ple care­less­ness of the peo­ple that have made those fos­sil mis iden­ti­fi­ca­tions.

The Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s Speaker Se­ries talks are free and open to the pub­lic. The se­ries is held ev­ery Thurs­day un­til April 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Mu­seum au­di­to­rium. Past pre­sen­ta­tions are also avail­able on the Mu­seum’s YouTube chan­nel: youtube.com/user/Roy­alTy-rrel­lMu­seum. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit tyrrell­mu­seum.com.

Jon Noad… pre­sent­ing at Speaker Se­ries

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