Discovering a Lost World of Birds: Fossils in Hawaii’s Lava Caves

Kerry Maddox @kerrymaddox

Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee - Tallahassee, FL
200 S Duval St

Thu, May 23, 2019 at 11:00 PM - 12:00 AM

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Dr. Helen F. James is a leading paleo-ornithologist, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Curator of Birds for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History where she over oversees one of the largest museum collections of birds in the world. She has led or participated in over thirty field expeditions, most of them to collect fossils for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu. During several decades of research, she and her collaborators discovered over sixty species of extinct fossil birds in the Hawaiian Islands, many of them with odd traits like the inability to fly. She will share the story of these astounding discoveries and how they changed what we think about extinction, as well as how to prevent it. (Tickets available at