Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Dr. Edwin R. Delfs Memorial Lecture in Earth Sciences: Dinosaurs

Join the Cleveland Museum of Natural History FRIDAY, APRIL 29 AT 7:00PM, for a celebration of the life and accomplishments of the late Edwin R. Delfs, M.D., who played a pivotal role in the history of the Museum. In 1954, the young Delfs was charged with finding and returning to Cleveland a dinosaur of spectacular proportions. Over a two-year period, Delfs and his team surveyed and retrieved the unique sauropod they'd discovered that is now a signature Museum exhibit. The specimen was named Haplocanthosaurus delfsi in his honor. Delfs also collected some of the largest and most fragile specimens in the Museum's mineral collection, including the huge gypsum crystals and delicate angel-wing calcite on permanent exhibit.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Wilson, assistant professor of geological sciences and assistant curator of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan, is an expert on the subject of the origin and evolution of sauropod dinosaurs. He presents an overview of what paleontologists know about long-necked sauropods such as "Happy."

Tickets: Members $5; nonmembers $7. Call the box office at the CMNH for more details; 216-231-1177, or visit