Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Evening with an Expert

Revealing Skeletons: Clues to Evolutionary Connections and Adaptations

an in-depth tour with Dr. Ted Daeschler

Tour starts promptly at 6:00

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

Skulls in the Wagner's collection, including a hog skull and human skull

Hog, human, and other skulls in the Wagner's museum collection.

Could you tell the difference between a gorilla skull and a human skull? If it let you, could you identify a hippo’s ankle bone? Led by vertebrate paleontologist Ted Daeschler, Ph.D., we will explore the Wagner’s collection with an eye on vertebrate skeletons. As Joseph Leidy intended, the collections are a great place to learn anatomy and compare the diversity of forms. We will start with a crash course in vertebrate skeletal anatomy, and then use similarities and differences in skeletons to assess relatedness among species. Turning to teeth, we’ll explore the “tool kit” that vertebrates carry in their mouths and how the teeth reflect ecological specializations, as well as evolutionary connections. The evening will be punctuated by exploratory activities to put new knowledge to use in the ample skeletal collection.

During and after the tour, put your bipedalism and opposable thumbs to good use by enjoying wine and cheese.


Revealing Skeletons: Clues to Evolutionary Connections and Adaptationswith Dr. Ted Daeschler

Wednesday, October 16

Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m.

Tour at 6 p.m.

Tour is limited to 25 participants.

Cost: $35; $20 for members*

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Purchase tickets online here:

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General $35


Members $20

Call Coryn Wolk at 215-763-6529 x24 to purchase tickets over the phone.

Our Evening with an Expert series highlights the original purpose of the Wagner museum—to stand as a complement to the lectures and courses, so that students could explore scientific principles by examining real specimens in the presence of a guide or professor. Our Evening with an Expert series brings in local scholars to guide small groups of people through specific areas of our collection.


Ted Daeschler in the field

About our Expert: Ted Daeschler, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science at Drexel University and Associate Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. He has been at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia since 1987, where his responsibilities include research, collections building, and museum programs. He served as a scientific advisor for the renovation of the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall, and a variety of other paleontological exhibits. Daeschler's research focuses on vertebrate paleontology, specifically vertebrate fauna of the Late Devonian Period in eastern North America. Daeschler studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, received a Masters in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985, and was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.


*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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