CPFS: Colorado fossil shook the world | Free content

After a year of Zoom and outdoor lectures, the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series will reopen its lecture series with a reception and presentation by two paleontologists discussing “The Colorado Fossil Discovery That Shook the World.”

The event will take place at the Salida SteamPlant Ballroom and Theater on September 19.

The reception will be held in the ballroom at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. lecture in the theatre.

Reservations are required for reception.

Please RSVP to [email protected] with your name, contact information, and number of attendees in your group.

COVID-19 safety protocols including limited capacity, social distancing and masking will be in place.

Speakers at this celebratory CPFS reopening event will be Dr. Tyler Lyson, curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Dr. Ian Miller, formerly of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and currently a scientist in leader and innovation. Officer of the National Geographic Society.

Sixty-six million years ago, a six-mile-wide asteroid slammed into Earth and caused the extinction of more than 75% of life on Earth, including the dinosaurs. It was the worst day for life on Earth.

How and when life rebounded from extinction has been shrouded in mystery due to a poor fossil record.

An extraordinary new discovery east of Colorado Springs preserves a remarkably comprehensive fossil record with whole fossils of mammals, turtles, crocodiles and plants, and paints a startling picture of how and when life rebounded past time darkest on earth.

Drs. Lyson and Miller will present their findings and discuss their importance in monitoring the regeneration of terrestrial plants and animals after the asteroid destruction.

Dr. Tyler Lyson is curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where he is responsible for the fossil reptile collection. Dr. Lyson earned his Ph.D. and MA in Geology and Paleontology from Yale University, and BA from Swarthmore College.

Lyson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before joining the Denver Museum in 2014.

Dr. Ian Miller is Chief Scientist and Head of Innovation at the National Geographic Society.

From 2006 to 2021, he served as Curator of Paleobotany and Director of Earth and Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Dr. Miller earned his Ph.D. and MA in Geology and Paleobotany from Yale University, and his BA from Colorado College.

Join us for this enlightening and free event. The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, now in its 19th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista and Salida.

For more information about CPFS, visit www.collegiatepeaksforum.org. Remember to RSVP to [email protected] if you are attending the reception.