Mystery of the Missing Ice Age Predators of New York

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

12:10–12:40 pm
Huxley Theater
Free

When we think of Ice Age predators, images of savage sabertooth tigers and packs of deadly dire wolves immediately come to mind. Surprisingly, fossils of these menacing mammals—or predators of any kind—have never been discovered in New York State. Curator of Pleistocene Vertebrate Paleontology Dr. Robert S. Feranec will discuss this mysterious absence of Pleistocene predators in New York as well as describe some of the other spectacular species that once thrived here.

This program includes a 20-minute talk followed by brief Q&A. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches.

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Smilodon - Sabre-Tooth Cat

Charles Knight
Sabre-Tooth Cat (Smilodon), 1909
Oil on canvas, approx. 18 x 30 in.
American Museum of Natural History, NYC