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If you are not a member and are visiting this web site, we hope that you will join us. Come to some of our meetings and visit with our members. We have excellent speakers, presentations, and socializing starting at 7 pm most first Mondays of the month (September to May) in Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The doors to the west entrance of the museum will be opened until 7:30. After that they will be locked. These doors have to be guarded while they are unlocked so a WIPS volunteer will be watching the entrance until the program begins. No food or beverages are allowed in this atrium.

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Join WIPS and get a subscription to our newsletter, Trilobite Tales. 7 p.m. in Ricketson Auditorium at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. There is no charge to attend the Society's meeting and hear the lecture. (Note: The May 2014 monthly WIPS meeting is on Wednesday instead of the usual first Monday of the month.)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sue Ware, Ph.D

Sue WareOld Dogs, New Tricks: Doing Science at Rancho La Brea

Spectacular science, innovative new excavation techniques, and a brand new dire wolf named “Wolfie” have brought about many changes in the way we do science at Rancho La Brea.

We have come a long way in our understanding of the fossil fauna, geology, and laboratory practices at RLB since fossils were first discovered by geologist William Denton in 1875 and John C. Merriam published the first scientific paper on the site in 1908.  Now, 106 years later papers are still being published, animals are still being excavated and studied, workers are still cleaning tar from the bones, new tar seeps are being discovered, and scientists are still studying this fabulous natural trap locality, but scientific research and laboratory preparation methods have changed dramatically.

Sue is a research associate at the George C. Page Museum of La Brea discoveries in Los Angeles where she studies the carnivores. Her research subjects include dire wolves, saber tooth cats, short-faced bears, and American lions.  She will be sharing her experiences, her scientific research, and the new Project 23 techniques implemented during the most recent excavations which resulted in the recovery of over a million new specimens for the Rancho La Brea collections.