Visiting fossil shark paleontologist to give Megalodon exhibit talks Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2008

December 21st, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a fossil shark paleontologist from London during the holidays to give gallery talks in the “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” exhibit on display through Jan. 6

Emma-Louise Nicholls, who is pursuing her doctorate in paleontology at the University of London and visiting the Florida Museum to supplement her studies, will lead discussion groups and tours of the Megalodon exhibit at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 26-29; at 2 p.m. Dec. 30; and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan.1, 2008.

Talks and tours will include information on shark anatomy, diversity, conservation and habitat loss, and Nicholls’ research regarding the role of sharks in the food web during the mid-Cretaceous Period, about 100 million years ago. She also will answer visitors’ questions concerning other aspects of vertebrate paleontology.

“Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” is a traveling exhibit produced by the Florida Museum with support from the National Science Foundation. The exhibit features a 60-foot-long walk-through sculpture and highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions regarding giant prehistoric sharks.

For more information, visit a www.flmnh.ufl.edu/megalodon or call (352) 846-2000.

Writer: Caroline Glagola
Media Contact: Paul Ramey, 352-273-2054, pramey@flmnh.ufl.edu