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Sumida guest lecture on ancient supercontinent

5/23/2012 - Sumida guest lecture on ancient supercontinent


News Release                   Date:    May 10, 2012

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

                        Stuart Sumida  •  (909) 537-5346  •

For release: Immediately

Event date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Sumida to discuss ancient supercontinent at County Museum


Dr. Stuart Sumida will speak about “Understanding connections … 300 million years ago” at the San Bernardino County Museum’s guest lecture on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is open to the public at no charge.


“Between 280 and 300 million years ago, the final stages of adaptation to land were achieved by backboned animals. Until very recently, most of the fossils bearing on this final portion of the "water to land transition" were known from North America,” said Sumida. “However, in the past twenty years, joint German and American excavations have revealed a remarkable similarity in fossil animals from this time period in Europe and North America. These fossils have in turn given exciting biogeographic confirmation to the structure of the giant supercontinent Pangea that once dominated the planet.”


Stuart Sumida is a Professor of Biology at California State University San Bernardino. He has spent more than 25 years searching for and excavating Late Paleozoic fossils in both North American and Europe. His work has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society, NATO, and numerous museums. He was named the Wang Outstanding Professor of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering for the entire CSU System in 2010, and in 2012 was named California Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation of Washington D.C.


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