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July 18, 2012

Natural History Museum curator to give presentations in Tennessee

Dr. Gary L. Stringer, Professor Emeritus of Geology and a Curator in the University of Louisiana at Monroe Museum of Natural History, has been invited to give a presentation on fossil otoliths, his research specialty, at the Gray Fossil Site Museum near Johnson City, Tenn. on Aug. 9.

The presentation is sponsored by the Don Sundquist Center of Excellence in Paleontology and the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum.

His presentation, titled “The Importance of Otoliths in Interpreting Fossil Fishes:  An Example from the Late Cretaceous Coon Creek Site in Tennessee,” is part of invited summer lecture series at the Gray Fossil Site Museum.

The world famous Gray Fossil Site is renowned for its late Miocene (4.5 million years old) terrestrial vertebrate fossils including the world's most complete fossil red panda. 

“I am excited to be asked to speak at the Gray Fossil Site and to share the results of my investigations of fossil fish otoliths with others,” commented Stringer.

“It is also an honor to represent the ULM Museum of Natural History at these presentations.  Much of my research on fossil otoliths was funded by my endowed professorships at ULM.”

The day following his lecture at the Gray Fossil Site, Stringer will be presenting another talk, "Advantages of Surface Collecting for Otolith Studies:  An Example from the Late Cretaceous of Mississippi" at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Association of Vertebrate Paleontology in picturesque Boone, N.C.

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