Oct. 4, 2011
Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284
Ohio State Lima to celebrate National Fossil Day
The School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State Lima will celebrate the second annual National Fossil Day from 12:30-4:00 p.m., Wed., Oct. 12, 2011, in the Geology Museum (Science 110).
Dr. Mark Kleffner, professor of earth sciences, will host the event that focuses on fossils of Ohio. Participants will be able to try and match fossils found in Ohio with some facts about the organism they represent. People with the most correct matches will win uncommon fossils from Ohio. All participants will leave with an Ohio fossil of their own. Dr. Kleffner will also identify fossils that people bring with them.
National Fossil Day is a collaboration between the American Geological Institute and the National Park Service and is held during Earth Science Week (Oct. 9-15). It aims to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.
Dr. Kleffner will also be on hand to discuss Ohio fossils when he’s the featured speaker at one of the Heritage Trails Park District Fall Program Series on Tues., Oct. 18, 2011. He will share the story of the geological history of the sediments and rocks comprising the Auglaize County landscape including glaciers and the sea that once covered the area. His hands-on presentation includes samples to help bring to life the geological history. His presentation is from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Lockkeeper’s House, 22 South Water Street, New Bremen.