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Third Thursday at MOFAC: “Discovering the Past in Florida Rivers”

Submitted by on October 6, 2009 – 12:55 pmNo Comment

South Florida Community College’s Museum of Florida Art and Culture (MOFAC) will hold its first Third Thursday program of the 2009-10 season, “Discovering the Past in Florida Rivers: The Hunt for Ancient Sharks, Mammals, and Reptiles,” Thursday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m., at SFCC MOFAC, Highlands Campus.

During the past 20 years, author and amateur paleontologist Mark Renz has stumbled upon nearly complete mammoths, mastodons, horses, llamas, giant ground sloths, and dugongs in southwest Florida’s creeks and rivers. He has also collected thousands of sharks’ teeth, including those belonging to one of the largest apex predators, C. megalodon. Renz and his wife, Marisa, operate Fossil Expeditions, a southwest Florida fossil guide service. Renz is the author of Fossiling in Florida, Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter, Doug’s Ark, Giants in the Storm, and Desert Sharks.

Also on display are mastodon bones Renz discovered in a Florida river and donated to the college. SFCC student Jennifer Segers will discuss the techniques she used to preserve the bones.

For more information, call Mollie Doctrow at ext. 7240.

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