PALEONTOLOGY CURATOR TO GIVE GALLERY TALK
Eric Scott, curator of paleontology at the San Bernardino County
Museum in Redlands, will give an informal gallery talk on the
subject of fossils at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 17. The presentation
is free with museum general admission.
The presentation is part of the continuing monthly series of
gallery talks by curatorial staff to provide visitors with more
insight about specific exhibits on display in the museum.
Scott will escort museum guests through the current exhibit,
“Unearthed! Fossils in the Museum Collections.” He
will discuss the development of the exhibit and recount some interesting
facts about the fossils on display, emphasizing the importance
of museum collections for preserving the heritage of a community
and for furthering scientific endeavors. He will also lead visitors
through other parts of the museum, pointing out other fossils
on display that highlight the geologic richness of San Bernardino
and Riverside Counties.
“We’re very excited about the ‘Unearthed’
exhibit,” said Scott. “It is a great opportunity to
showcase some of the many fossils in our collections that visitors
rarely get a chance to see.”
Eric Scott has worked at the San Bernardino County Museum since
1991. He studies the evolution and extinction of Plio-Pleistocene
large mammals in western North America, particularly extinct horses.
His studies include both field and museum work throughout the
western United States as well as Mexico. He was formerly Chief
Excavator at the Rancho La Brea “tar pits” in Los
Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles
in 1990 and presently lives in Bloomington, California with his
wife, Kim, who is also a paleontologist.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street
exit from Interstate 10. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays
and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 (adult),
$5 (senior or student) and $4 (child aged 5-12). Children under
5 and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is
free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. Lunch, snacks,
and beverages are available at the museum’s Garden Café
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org
or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.