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Late Pleistocene Fauna and Extinction

What happened to the super-predators like saber tooth cats (Smilodon) and Dire Wolves that lived in the Great Lakes region during the last ice age? Dr. David Penny, PhD, will share his knowledge, theories and research on the subject of the diverse animal life that existed the Pleistocene Era and their ultimate extinctions.
  • Late Pleistocene Fauna and Extinction
  • 2018-06-21T19:00:00-04:00
  • 2018-06-21T20:00:00-04:00
  • What happened to the super-predators like saber tooth cats (Smilodon) and Dire Wolves that lived in the Great Lakes region during the last ice age? Dr. David Penny, PhD, will share his knowledge, theories and research on the subject of the diverse animal life that existed the Pleistocene Era and their ultimate extinctions.
  • When Jun 21, 2018 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM (US/Eastern / UTC-400)
  • Where Betsie Valley District Library
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  • Contact Phone 2313782716
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Dr. David Penny, PhD, will share his knowledge, theories, and research on the subject of the diverse animal life that existed in Great Lakes Region during the Pleistocene Era. He will explore the lifestyles of the  paleo-indians that also inhabited this area and how they survived with rudimentary tools against such daunting super-predators as Smilodon and Dire Wolves. He will also cover the habitat and topographical changes that took place with the melting of the glaciers; how the Great Lakes were formed and changes from an herbal landscape to grasslands and forests.  From climate change, to astronomical events, to humans, Dr. Penny gives his theories on what may have caused the mass extinction of over 70 species of fauna that once populated the Great Lakes region.

Dr. Penney earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from Wayne State University and Masters from the University of California. He is a former full professor of physiology at the School of Medicine and adjunct professor of occupational and environmental health at the School of allied Health Professionals at Wayne State University, as well as Director of General Surgical Research at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan.  As a young child, his interest in science began with astronomy. Because of his lifelong passion, he is a member of Grand Traverse Astronomical Society in Michigan. Dr. Penny enjoys sharing his knowledge with school groups, science clubs, societies, and library groups.

 

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