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The Lost Empire

Dr. Lisa Amati

New York State Paleontologist &

Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, New York State Museum

Sunday, May 21, 2017           2:00 P.M.            Room 319

American Museum of Natural History         New York City 

Trilobites are extinct arthropods that first appear in rocks that are about 520 million years old. They were important components of marine ecosystems, especially in the Cambrian, and lived for about 270 million years. They lived and died before dinosaurs even existed and, in fact, were on the Earth for longer than the dinosaurs. Then, approximately 250 million years ago, at the end of the Paleozoic, they went extinct. Trilobites employed a number of different lifestyles, from predators to scavengers, and lived in almost every marine environment. This talk explains what trilobites are, when, where and how they lived, as well as why they are important organisms to study.



These are the meeting dates of the New York Paleontological Society for the 2016-2017 season. We meet at 2:00 P.M. in room 319 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (79th Street and Central Park West), unless otherwise specified. Our Annual Party will be held at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Brooklyn, N.Y. Due to changes in the museum’s schedule, the above dates may change (usually very unlikely), so check your Newsletter or the monthly meeting notice on this website.

September 18,2016
**December 3 or 10, 2016
March 19, 2017
October 16, 2016
January 15,  2017
*April 23, 2017
November 20, 2016
February 19, 2017
May 21, 2017

* NOTE: All the above dates are third Sundays of their respective months, except that in April which is the fourth Sunday.

** Our Annual Party is on a Saturday. Date to be finalized!




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