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Monday, April 3, 2017

Speaker: Steven Jorgensen
Comparative Anatomy & Paleontology in Paris

Geologist Steve Jorgensen, past president and honorary lifetime member, will take us on a tour of the galleries of comparative anatomy and paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris. Here is a description of the program that Steve provided:

To understand extinct animals, whether they are invertebrates or vertebrates, one must have an understanding of extant creatures. As a scientist, whenever I am in a new city, I try to visit the zoo, the natural history museum, or some other historical site. Although most of you know me for my fascination with ammonites, believe me, no animal escapes my interest.

Susie and I were able to go to Paris in 2010. In addition to the usual cultural marvels to visit, there are many sites with incredible scientific significance. Paris is home to the Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle and the Jardin Des Plantes. This complex consists of a zoo, the beautiful garden of medicinal plants, and several major museums of geology, mineralogy, and evolution.

With limited time, I chose to visit the Galeries D'Anatomie Comparee et de Paleontologie, which is part of the complex. This museum was started in 1900. Some of the specimens were provided by the zoo next door and others came from much further away as I did not see any whales in the River Seine. The first floor gallery contains over 1,000 skeletons, skulls, and various other body parts of extant vertebrates (reptiles and hippos and tapirs, Oh My!). It is overwhelming! Then you have to go to the second floor to see all of the fossils!

I hope you will enjoy looking at lots and lots of bones in Paris!