Science Night studies the study of fossils March 7
The University Wisconsin-Parkside Science Night series returns Wednesday, March 7, with a look at the importance of fossils and fossil research. Titled "Why Study Fossils?" the program features UW-Parkside Biological Sciences Professor Christopher Noto. It begins at 7 p.m. in room 103 of Greenquist Hall on the campus at 900 Wood Rd., Kenosha.
"Many of us see fossils in museum displays but a fossil is more than just an interesting relic," Noto said. "Fossils include bones, shells, teeth, leaves, tracks, and even poop. These remains represent our only window into what life of the past was like and provide a rich source of information for scientific studies."
He added that new techniques are allowing paleontologists to explore the biology of ancient life as never before. During this program, attendees will learn how fossil anatomy can explain what animals ate, how fast they grew, and how they survived on this planet millions of years ago.
At UW-Parkside, Noto teaches human anatomy and physiology. He has done extensive field work in Texas, Wyoming, and Utah. His research interests include paleoecology, functional morphology, taphonomy, and paleobiogeography. Noto attended the University of Chicago, where he worked with paleontologist Paul Sereno preparing fossil specimens of dinosaurs and giant crocodilians. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University in New York.
"Why Study Fossils?" with Chris Noto is free and open to the public. High school and middle school students and faculty with an interest in math and science are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and parking in the Student Center lot is free after 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.For more information, call 262-595-2074.