Darwin Days 2019

Darwin Days Schedule of Events

Saturday, February 9th

Film Screening: “Jurassic Park”

2:00 pm – Cinemapolis, 120 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY – Tickets: $9 ($8 for members) and can be purchased ahead of time online at https://boxoffice.diamondticketing.com/cinemapolis/upcoming/73036/6686

Join us for a screening of the film that launched a box office phenomenon and inspired thousands of young people to become paleontologists! What could possibly go wrong on an island of genetically engineered dinosaurs? With special guest appearance by renowned paleoartist John Gurche, who will describe some of his experiences as a technical advisor for the first Jurassic Park movie in 1993.

Monday, February 11th - 6:00 pm

"Horseshoe Crabs: Living Fossils or Dynamic Survivors?"
Keynote Presentation by Dr. James Lamsdell

Kaufman Auditorium, G64 Goldwin Smith Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - Free

Horseshoe crabs are commonly referred to as living fossils, surviving unchanged for millions of years. However, the fossil record shows that in the past, these amazing creatures lived in lakes and rivers as well as coastlines and spread across all the continents including Antarctica. The talk will explore how horseshoe crabs have changed over their evolutionary history, and what the future may have in store for them as they deal with new, human-made challenges.

Dr. James Lamsdell is an Assistant Professor of Paleobiology in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University.

Dr. Lamsdell’s research focuses on macroevolution and paleoecology through the lens of paleontology and paleobiology, particularly in aquatic arthropods such as marine chelicerates (relatives of spiders, mites, scorpions etc.). He uses phylogenetics to test the relationships of extinct organisms, and with these hypotheses of relationships he tests for patterns of selectivity in macroevolutionary events such as mass extinctions. He has published extensively on fossil horseshoe crabs and the extinct eurypterids, and has ongoing research projects focusing on the Late Devonian extinction.

Tuesday, February 12th - 6:30 pm

***CANCELED*** Panel Discussion: "Spores, Seeds, and Survival: Living Fossils and the World of Plants"

Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY - Free

Canceled because of snow storm: “Spores, Seeds, and Survival: Living Fossils and the World of Plants”--a panel discussion bringing scientists from Ithaca's academic community to discuss their research as it relates to plant evolution and "living fossils.”
Dr. Maria A. Gandolfo, Associate Professor in Paleobotany, Systematics and Plant Anatomy, Cornell University
Dr. William Crepet, Professor in Plant Biology, Cornell University
Dr. Elizabeth Hermsen, Research Scientist, Paleontological Research Institution

Wednesday, February 13th - 7:30 pm

Darwin’s Cabaret with Dr. Willy Bemis

Tompkins County Public Library, 101 East Green Street, Ithaca, NY - Free

Join Dr. Bemis, who is Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Faculty Curator of the Ichthyology Collection at Cornell University, for a fascinating dive into the world of coelacanths. These amazing fish, closely related to land vertebrates, are perhaps one of the best-known examples of “living fossils.” Journey with fish-expert Dr. Bemis through the history and discovery of the coelacanth—learn how its evolutionary significance has helped us understand the origins of four-limbed vertebrates. In the tradition of Science Cabarets, all ages are welcome to attend this lively event and refreshments will be provided.

Friday, February 15th - 7:00 pm

Darwin’s Trivia Challenge

The Rhine House, 632 West Seneca Street, Ithaca, NY - Free

Come test your knowledge of evolution, science history, and living fossils at Darwin’s Trivia Challenge at The Rhine House in Ithaca. Prizes awarded to the winning teams. Maximum 6 players per team.

Saturday, February 16th - 10 am - 2 pm

Darwin Family Day

Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Road (Route 96), Ithaca, NY - Included with admission to the Museum

Come see the new exhibit, “Survivors: Up Close with Living Fossils”, and learn about Charles Darwin and his work in advancing our knowledge of the natural world. Activities include crafts, fossil table, a scavenger hunt, and face painting. The “Survivors” exhibit touch tank will be open so you can get up close and personal with horseshoe crabs and sea stars.

Sponsored by Cornell University and the Paleontological Research Institution