This past Wednesday, October 13, we celebrated the 12th annual National Fossil Day, a day to celebrate the history that fossils preserve and the paleontologists who study them. National Fossil Day was established by the US National Park Service as a way to encourage the preservation of fossils and the heritage they provide.
Here at Suffolk University, we celebrated the occasion by giving a presentation on how ancient life influences popular culture. As a paleontologist, the skills I have learned that help me interpret fantasy stories, science fiction, and representations of alien worlds through the lens of how organisms evolved here on Earth.
If you want to hear what I my fellow paleontologist Dr. Eric Dewar and I had to say about it, check out the recorded video of our talk: