The Paleontological Society of Washington
7:00 pm, Wednesday, May 16
National Museum of Natural History, Constitution Ave. entrance
Molecular Paleontology: New Technology to Look at Old Things
Museum Conservation Institute, Smithsonian Institution.
Molecules preserved in fossils can provide evolutionary and physiological information that morphology alone cannot provide. Advances in analytical technology, especially mass spectrometry and related methods, have allowed for a variety of biomolecules to be detected and characterized into deep time. With these technological advances, molecular phylogenies of extinct species have been developed including phylogenies beyond the limit of DNA preservation. Come learn about how molecular studies are changing how we look at fossils.
Non-Smithsonian visitors will be escorted from the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH to the Cooper Reading Room at 6:50 and 6:55 p.m. Society members will host the speaker for dinner at the Elephant & Castle (1201 Pennsylvania Ave.) prior to the meeting. Members may meet at the restaurant or inside the Constitution Ave. entrance of the NMNH at 5:00 and walk to the restaurant as a group. Parking is available in the west side parking lot of the NMNH. https://nmnh.typepad.com/paleontological_society.