The Buzzsaw Sharks of Long Ago
Join us for an evening of exploration into the ancient past.Dr. Ted Fremd, paleontologist with the University of Oregon
and U.S. National Park Service, will discuss his research in
the John Day Fossil Beds and some of the remarkablecreatures that once roamed this area.
Roughly 290 million years ago, a genus of a very distinctive shark-like fish, the Helicoprion, swam in the ancient sea that once covered much of the region. Alaska artist Ray Troll refers to this creature as the “weirdest, coolest shark of all time,” and for good reason. The Helicoprion, whose name means ‘spiral saw,’ owned what is arguably the most unusual set of teeth in the animal kingdom. Fossils of some individuals suggest that their body length could have reached 39 feet.
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Members free, member guests $5
Friday, September 23, 2016 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm