History of Life Through Fossils

  • 16 Jan 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Maryland Naturalist Center
  • 17


  • FREE

Registration is closed


What plants and animals lived in Maryland millions of years ago?  How did the climate and geological events of the time affect them? And where can you find their fossils now? 

From the animal remains in the Cumberland Bone Cave to Maryland’s Dinosaur Alley; from trilobite anatomy to fossils in the Calvert Cliffs; from the connection between whales and hippos to fossilized alligator dung bitten by a shark, Tom Piscitelli will walk us through millions of years of life in Maryland and other states.  He’ll describe what the planet was like during each time period and which plants and animals were living, and he'll show us fossil evidence. You’ll get the chance to see and touch fossils from each time period, especially those from the Miocene/Pliocene Epochs of Maryland and the Atlantic Coast (North Carolina). This will be a hands-on activity appropriate for all interested people 10 years old and up.


Members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $10 for adults; FREE for children

Non-members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $15 for adults; FREE for children

Pre-pay at www.marylandnature.org/events

Become a member at www.marylandnature.com (individual $25; family $35).

This session will be facilitated by Tom Piscitelli. Tom is a volunteer, so your money will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. 

Leader: Tom Piscitelli is an avid rock, mineral, and fossil collectors. As a member of fossil and mineral clubs in Maryland and Delaware, he has collected on club field trips and has traveled across the United States collecting at famous sites. He has presented for the Natural History Society of Maryland, to 4th and 5th graders in Baltimore and Harford Counties, and at Senior Centers in Baltimore County.

Photo credit:  Joe McSharry