Paleo-Trivia Night @ the Museum

World Renowned Paleontologist to visit Idaho Museum of Natural History

Pocatello, Idaho—November 3, 2015 – Dr. Ted Daeschler, of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, will be giving a free lecture at the Idaho Museum of Natural History (IMNH) at Idaho State University (ISU) November 11, 2015 at 6pm.

Daeschler will be presenting New Discoveries from the Age of Fishes including the Origin of Limbed Vertebrates. He will describe exploration and discovery of a wide variety of Devonian-age fossils from Pennsylvania and high above the Arctic Circle in the Nunavut Territory of Arctic Canada. Among those discoveries is Tiktaalik roseae, an animal that lived 375 million years ago and is widely recognized as the best transitional form between finned and limbed vertebrates.

Taktaalik roseae reconstruction

Artist reconstruction of Taktaalik roseae, from Idaho Virturalization Laboratory

Taktaalik roseae is a 375 million year old fossil with traits of booth fish and amphibians. It was discovered in the Canadian Arctic in 2004. This discovery has shed light on a pivotal point in the history of life on Earth (when the first fish ventured onto land). It looks like a cross between primitive and fish and the first four-legged animals.

The evening will begin with paleo-trivia, so get your team together (2-6 people) and get your brain in the game on answering questions about extinct creatures. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Daeschler’s lecture will begin at approximately 7pm.

The lecture and trivia will be held in the IMNH Discovery Room just off the museum lobby. The IMNH is located at 698 E Dillon St, ISU Building #12, Pocatello, Idaho.