Natural History Museum to sponsor speaker on comets, extinctions and culture in region

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Natural History Museum to sponsor speaker on comets, extinctions and culture in region

February 8, 2010

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Natural History Museum will sponsor “Comets, Extinctions and Cultures in northwest Oklahoma,” on Feb. 16, at 6:45 p.m. in the Science Amphitheatre. This informative presentation will be given by Dr. Leland C. Bement of the Oklahoma Archeological Survey at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Jason R. Wickham, assistant professor of chemistry, invited Bement to Northwestern on behalf of the Natural History Museum to give an informative presentation on whether the extinction of mammoths and other large mammals resulted from a comet striking the earth 13,000 years ago.

The presentation will try to answer the question, are the changes seen in animal, plant and human cultures the result of other processes? Also, Bement will give an update on recent research in Paleoindian cultures in northwest Oklahoma.

New excavations at bison kill sites and camps will be presented along with the results of the analysis of the Clovis age Jake Bluff bison kill and a study reconstructing the environment in this area over the past 15,000 years.

For additional information contact the Museum at (580) 327-8513. Museum hours are normally 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional open hours for this event only are 5-6 p.m., and 7:30-8:30 p.m.

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