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75 Million Years Ago in Alberta

Dr. Jordan Mallon

Research Scientist in Palaeobiology at the

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 Sunday, February 18, 2024           2:00 P.M.


The dinosaur fossil record of Alberta, Canada is exceptional, allowing the study of the dinosaur ecosystems that existed there in the 20 million years leading up to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction 66 million years ago. In this presentation, Jordan will speak about his own research, sustained by his students and collaborators, and what it has to say about dinosaur ecosystems from this time and place. He will focus particularly on the herbivorous dinosaurs, including the duck-billed hadrosaurids, horn-faced ceratopsids, and armored ankylosaurs. Jordan will explore what made them like today’s big herbivore ecosystems, and—more interestingly—what made them different.




            These are the meeting dates of the New York Paleontological Society for the 2023-2024 season. We normally meet at 2:00 P.M. in a room at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (79th Street and Central Park West). However, due to the covid-19 pandemic and new construction, the Museum is unable to assign any rooms for meetings for any groups through November. Exactly when the Museum will allow groups like our Society to reserve rooms is uncertain. It will depend on new room availability and also the status of covid and the relevant Museum and government policies pertaining to indoor meetings and our Society’s own judgement as to whether attendance will be safe for our members and attendees.

            But, since room availability may change, it has been decided to hold online meetings on the regular dates and times so that the schedule remains the same whether the meeting is in a room or online. One advantage of online meetings is that they will be recorded so members who can’t attend at the meeting time can view the whole meeting afterwards at their convenience.

            Our Annual Party would normally be held at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, but new construction may effect the availability of a large enough venue space. It also may be affected by the University’s policy as to whether or not to allow us to meet in the event space there due to covid guidelines and the large number of people that usually attend. Due to the nature of the party (many tables, events, talks and wonderful food), this event cannot be held online.

            As of this writing, all of the dates this year are on the third Sunday of the month, except September’s. Also, our Annual Holidays Party would be held if possible on a Saturday (the date to be determined), but, again, the available venue space and covid rules may effect this event. The dates are as follows:

September 10, 2023
December 2 , 2023*
March 17, 2024
October 15, 2023
January 21,  2024
April 21, 2024
November 19, 2023
February 18, 2024
May 19, 2024

NOTE: All the above dates (for online or in-room meetings) are third Sundays of their respective months, except September’s which is the second Sunday.

            * Our Annual Party (a Saturday) - venue and date to be determined if possible.





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