PSW: Miocene Mammals of Panama



Miocene Mammals of Panama

Bruce MacFadden

Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Florida Museum of Natural History

Professor of Geological Sciences, Latin American Studies, and Zoology

University of Florida, Gainesville

Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010

7:00 p.m., in the Cooper Room

National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Ave.

Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted

to the Cooper Room at 6:30 and 6:55 p.m.

Visitors arriving late, but before 7:10 pm,

can call up to the Cooper Room using numbers

that will be left with the guards.
Meet in the Constitution Avenue lobby at 5:00 p.m. to join us for dinner at “Elephant and Castle”.  Latecomers can meet directly at the restaurant at the NW corner of 12th & Penn. Ave., NW

Talk Description:

The Republic of Panama has commenced a decade-long project to expand the Panama Canal on a scale not seen since the original excavations a century ago.  As a result of these excavations, newly uncovered sediments are yielding Miocene land mammals of North American affinities. In a region that is poorly known paleontologically, these discoveries advance our understanding of ancient Neotropical biodiversity and biogeography.

Brief Bio:

Bruce J. MacFadden is currently on assignment as a Program Officer in the Division of Research on Learning (DRL), Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR), National Science Foundation, where he manages programs in Informal Science Education. His permanent position is as a Curator and Professor at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Bruce has a B.S. from Cornell University and Ph.D from Columbia University.  The author of 150 peer-reviewed articles and the book “Fossil Horses,” his research interests focus on Cenozoic mammals of the New World.


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