By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Eric Scott, curator of paleontology at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands, will travel to Rockford, Illinois to speak at “PaleoFest 2014”, an annual celebration of fossils and ancient life hosted by the Burpee Museum of Natural History on March 8 and 9. Joining an international gathering of paleontologists, Mr. Scott will present an illustrated public lecture discussing his ongoing studies of Ice Age horses and bison from the American southwest.
“This really is an exciting opportunity,” said Scott, a paleontologist who has worked at the county museum since 1991. “To be invited to participate in PaleoFest is a real thrill. We’re doing some exciting things right now at our county museum; this is a great chance to share our work with a whole new audience.”
Scott’s presentation on March 9, “Horses and Bison: Icons of the Ice Ages,” will address the importance of these animals in ancient ecosystems. “When one hears ‘Ice Ages’, one thinks of sabre-toothed cats or mammoths,” said Scott. “Yet horses and bison were among the most common animals roaming the land during those times—they were the glue that held mammal communities together. And that perspective informs our understanding of living horses and bison, too.”
Since 1999, PaleoFest has been an ongoing success for the Burpee Museum. Bringing nationally and internationally recognized paleontologists to speak every year, this family-friendly event attracts nearly 3,000 people from around the world to meet celebrated scientists and actively engage in learning about our natural world. Past speakers include Drs. Scott Sampson, Jack Horner, Mark Norell, Philip Currie, and Bob Bakker.
“It’s a privilege to be invited,” said Scott.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 am to 5pm. General admission is $10 (adult), $8 (military or senior), $7 (student), and $5 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org. The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669.