Thursday, November 2, 2017

Evening with an Expert

How Modern Research Illuminates Our Fossil Collection

with Dr. Jason Downs

Tour starts promptly at 6:00

Doors open at 5:30 for a wine and cheese reception

Wagner Museum Case 60B; photo by John Woodin.

The Wagner’s fossil collection is vast and diverse—it started with William Wagner’s extensive European trading in the mid-19th century and grew with the Institute’s later expeditions in the Southeastern U.S. In this Evening with an Expert, Wagner faculty member Jason Downs will share contemporary research that sheds new light on a handful of our fossil specimens, including the ichthyosaurs and dinosaurs. In addition to today’s research, Dr. Downs will explore the history of the specimens to reveal how our understanding of the prehistoric life has changed from the 19th century to now. 

Tour is limited to 20 participants.

Cost: $30; $20 for members*

Purchase tickets online here:

You do not need a PayPal account to purchase tickets online.

General $30


Members $20

Or call Cara Scharf at 215-763-6529 x24 to purchase tickets over the phone.

About our Expert: Dr. Jason Downs is Assistant Professor of Biology at Delaware Valley University and a Research Associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Vertebrate Paleontology Group. With the Academy, Downs has been an active researcher and done extensive fieldwork, including being part of the team who discovered Tiktaalik roseae, a specimen that shed new light on the vertebrate transition to land. He has a PhD from Yale University in Geology and Geophysics and BAs in Biology and Geology from Penn. Jason grew up in Philadelphia and came to the Wagner as a child, an experience that he says led to his becoming a paleontologist. He is an extremely popular member of the Wagner’s faculty, teaching courses about paleontology, evolution, and more!

*Refund policy: If you cancel up until a week before the event, you will be refunded tour price minus a $5.00 processing fee. The week before the event, no refunds will be issued for cancellations.








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