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4/25/2012 - Big Fossil Cats


News Release                   Date:    April 18, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist • (909) 307-2669 ext. 278 •

            Matt Benoit • (909) (909) 607-8257 •

For release: Immediately

Event date: Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Guest Lecture on Big Fossil Cats


How do you make a huge cat? Find out at a guest lecture, “Big Fossil Cats,” with Dr. Matthew Benoit at the San Bernardino County Museum on Wednesday evening, April 25, 2012. The lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public.

“Lions, tigers, jaguars, and their kin are powerful, frightening animals,” said Benoit. “It is difficult to study the development and growth of fossil and endangered species, because lab studies and large sample sizes are difficult to put together. Large organisms, such as lions and tigers, are nearly impossible to raise in controlled settings. To address questions of size change and shape change in fossil and endangered felids, I look at measurements of their skulls.”

Dr. Benoit, a graduate of Yale University, is presently a visiting instructor at the Keck Science Department of the Claremont Colleges.

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