September 19, 2002
Purdue researcher to speak on Antarctic fossilsWEST 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.
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