Secrets of Fossil Lake Lecture. The Subtlety of Snakes & a Quarter-billion Years of Lizard Evolution

January 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Dr
Greenwich, CT 06830

Dr. Jack Conrad, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Light refreshments at 6:30 pm. Lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm. Lecture is free to Bruce Museum members, $15 fee for non-members, at the door.

Reservations are required. Contact 203-413-6757 or [email protected]

About the Lecture:

Snakes and other “lizards” (collectively known as Squamata) make up a diverse reptile group whose origins lie in the Triassic, approximately 245 million years ago. Modern squamates include nearly 10,000 species ranging in size from 1.3 inches (some geckos and chameleons) to the 250-pound Komodo Dragons and 20-foot Green Anacondas. The fossil record shows us that bear-sized lizards recently lived in Australia, 45-foot-long snakes lived in South America 55 million years ago, and bus-sized lizards swam the seas during the time of Tyrannosaurus rex. This amazing group of reptiles is the subject of numerous recent scientific studies and ongoing paleontological, ecological, and even medical research. Come join us as we explore the evolution and diversity of alotta Squamata — looking at recent paleontological discoveries and tackling questions about how lizards turned into snakes.