“His talk is really about how new research and information in paleontology has changed our point of view on fossils,” Tellus Director Jose Santamaria said. “[It’s aimed] toward adults, but his book is also good for teenagers. What we have found is no matter what the subject is, we get a lot of families attending these lectures with kids that are 7 years [old] or older.
“Most of the times the kids are enjoying it as much as the adults. You see very few of these families walk out of these lectures.”
He said the lecture will coincide with what the museum has to offer in terms of fossils and prehistoric exhibits.
“The lecture is on fossils and we have quite an extensive fossil [collection] that includes a lot of dinosaurs, including the Brontosaurus — which [is] kind of the gist of [Switek’s new book] is there’s no such dinosaur as a Brontosaurus. Advances in paleontology have made it pretty clear that what we used to call a Brontosaurus were called the Apatosaurus.
“These are the kinds of things that he’ll be talking about, just from the misconceptions to some of the new revelations in paleontology and on how we find these things.”
Switek is a freelance science writer, blogger and author of the critically-acclaimed book “Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature.”
According to his website, www.brianswitek.com, “In addition to the hundreds of essays [Switek] has written for the blogs Laelaps (now at National Geographic) and Dinosaur Tracking, he has also contributed pieces to Slate, the Wall Street Journal, Nature, Scientific American, New Scientist, Times of London, Smithsonian, WIRED Science, ScienceNOW, the Guardian, academic journals, and a variety of other publications.
“He has given talks about evolution, the history of science, blogging, and science communication in both academic and popular venues, and has regularly been interviewed by organizations such as the BBC, the Calgary Herald, and other news sources to discuss new fossil discoveries.”
In addition to the lecture, which begins at 1:30 p.m., the museum will have two screenings of the 1988 animated film “The Land Before Time.” The first screening will be held in the Banquet Room at 11 a.m. and in the theater at 3:30 p.m.
Encompassing 120,000 square feet at 100 Tellus Drive in Cartersville, Tellus includes four main galleries — The Fossil Gallery, The Weinman Mineral Gallery, Science in Motion and The Collins Family My Big Backyard hands-on science gallery — a 120-seat digital planetarium and an observatory.
For more information about the museum and its upcoming events and programs, call 770-606-5700 or visit www.tellusmuseum.org. The cost of the lecture is included in regular admission.