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Lecture: Prehistoric Erie

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
Walker Recital Hall

Scott McKenzie, curator of Mercyhurst’s Sincak Natural History Collection, will discuss the nightmarish creatures that once inhabited Erie in a talk titled “Prehistoric Erie.” His talk will center on formidable predators that once inhabited the Erie area, including Dunkleosteus, a huge prehistoric fish with thick armor plating and a bite rivaling that of Tyrannosaurus Rex. McKenzie will show fossils of this creature, which made its home in the salt water ocean that covered Erie County millions of years ago. He’ll also talk about fossil sea life and relics of ancient people found in the Erie area. He’ll share tales of how a fisherman found a local mammoth, how the co-inventor of the steam shovel discovered fossils dating back 364 million years near North East, and explain how you can further search for Erie’s past. The talk is free and open to the public. For information, contact Susan Reddinger.