UNO paleontologist takes center stage tonight at Science Cafe

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George Engelmann, Ph.D.

The science of dinosaur bones is the focus of tonight’s Omaha Science Cafe at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Paleontologist George Engelmann, Ph.D., will discuss his work dusting off and digging in the Saints and Sinners Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.

A professor of geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Dr. Engelmann has had a passionate interest in vertebrate paleontology since his early childhood in Chicago, where he spent many hours at the Field Museum.

In recent years, his focus has been the late Triassic/early Jurassic period, 190 million years ago and the Nugget Sandstone formation. With persistence, the Nugget Sandstone has yielded a rich fossil record — the Saints and Sinners Quarrry — which is still producing surprises.

Science Cafes involve a face-to-face conversation with a scientist about current science topics. They are open to everyone (21 and older), and take place in casual settings like pubs and coffeehouses. Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. A scientist gives a brief presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.

Pizza will be provided by The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures for the first 50 people. For more information about Science Cafes, click here.