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September 19, 2002

Purdue researcher to speak on Antarctic fossils

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Antarctic fossils gathered by Purdue paleontologist William Zinsmeister will be unveiled to the public on Saturday (9/21) at the Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center in Clarksville, Ind.

Zinsmeister will give a talk at 5 p.m. about the fossils, which he has collected over a 30-year period.

The exhibit will focus on specimens gathered from Seymour Island, one of the few places in Antarctica that thaws out for a few weeks each year. The fossils are between 40 million and 65 million years old, from the boundary between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods – the time the dinosaurs vanished. Zinsmeister will speak on the challenges of conducting research in the Antarctic.

This exhibit is free with paid admission to the interpretive center. Admission is $4 for age 19 and older, $1 for ages 2-18, and children younger than 2 are admitted free. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

The fossils will remain on display until Jan. 1.

CONTACT: Alan Goldstein, Falls of the Ohio Interpretive Center, (812) 280-9970.

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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