The Search for Ancient Amber: Field Research by
The American Museum of Natural History
Paul C. Nascimbene
Division of Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History
Where: Linder Theater, AMNH, enter West 77th Street entrance
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Paul C. Nascimbene conducts laboratory and field research on ancient insects preserved in amber and sedimentary rock, as well as on the botanical affinities, physicochemical characteristics and conservation of fossil resins. He is one of the world’s leading preparators of amber. Paul is a past President of the New York Paleontological Society.
AMNH staff from the Division of Invertebrate Zoology have conducted a number of expeditions and field excursions to study and collect amber in various parts of the world. In the summer of 2001, an AMNH team led by David Grimaldi journeyed north of the Brooks Range in Alaska to explore Cretaceous amber outcrops along the legendary Kaolak River. They have also searched for amber in South Dakota, Wyoming, and even the wilds of New Jersey! More recently, an international team excavated amber from several lignite mines in central India. Paul C. Nascimbene has also personally traveled to the Dolomites of northern Italy to collect Triassic amber, and to Lebanon to study Lower Cretaceous exposures. Many of these sites have yielded important organismal inclusions. Paul will discuss the trips themselves, as well as significant discoveries.
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