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The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America

Author Talk and Book Signing
Thursday, September 25, 2008
6:30 - 8:30 pm
FREE to the Public, RSVP requested

The Academy of Natural Sciences and Joseph Fox Bookshop is hosting an entertaining and enlightening evening with Dr. Keith Thomson, professor emeritus of natural history at the University of Oxford and former Academy president, as he discusses his new book, The Legacy of the Mastodon: The Golden Age of Fossils in America.

Legacy tells the story of a great American scientific adventure starring giant extinct mammals and dinosaurs and in which Philadelphians like Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope, together with the Academy of Natural Sciences and the American Philosophical Society played the central roles.

The Academy of Natural Sciences plays a central role in the history of paleontology and many of the fossils that Dr. Thomson will discuss are housed in the Academy's research collections. As a rare bonus to those who attend the lecture, staff from the Vertebrate Paleontology Department at the Academy will give visitors an up close and personal look at some of these uniquely important specimens.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase that evening.

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