Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Rebecca McKean
Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Within the desert landscapes of southern Utah, some surprising fossils have been found – fossils of fish, turtles, sharks, and large marine reptiles called plesiosaurs! Parts of Utah were covered by a vast ocean about 90 million years ago, creating the perfect environment for marine life. So just how big was this ocean? What kinds of fossils are found in Utah and just how were they preserved? And what does a paleontologist do with these fossils? We will address all of these questions as we explore this ancient ocean. Dr. McKean is Assistant Professor of Geology at St. Norbert College. She recently gained notoriety in scientific circles for her identification of a previously unknown plesiosaur that lived some 90 million years ago.