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“Rich from the Sea”:

How Florida’s Ais People Used the Waters of the Atlantic World, A.D. 800-1763

presented by

Dr. Peter J. Ferdinando

The Ais of Florida’s east coast exploited the resources of the Atlantic Ocean for centuries before European contact. Following the arrival of Europeans, the Ais used these same maritime skills to acquire goods, peoples, and even parts of the shattered ships that then began to wash ashore. Using a combination of archaeological data and historical documents, it is evident that it was through this dynamic maritime economy that combined existing and novel uses of the materials available in the local Atlantic commons that the Ais flourished from the sixteenth century through to their disappearance in the eighteenth century. As one Spanish castaway put it, the Ais were “rich from the sea.”

Tuesday, 6:30 PM, June 28, 2016

Broward County West Regional Library
Rm. 230, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324

Next Archaeology Workshop: Saturday, June 25th, 2016
See BCAS home-page for details

                      Thanks to All who made ArchaeoFest 2016 a Great Success!

                                                                         Paleontology News


Dakotaraptor named one of the top ten fossil discoveries of 2015

                                                         On the National Geographic Channel

Robert DePalma and Dr. Phil Manning
National Geographic Channel

"Dino Death Match" and "Ultimate Dino Survivor"

"Dino Death Match"

Watch the latest episode of the National  Geographic Channel

With commentary by PBMNH Curator of Paleontology
Robert DePalma

Does the recently discovered and controversial "Dueling Dinosaurs" fossil provide proof of the validity of  Nanotyrannus as a species vs classification as a juvenile T. rex? Without a doubt according to Robert and his colleagues Dr. Robert Bakker of the Houston Museum of Natural History and Pete Larson of the Black Hills Institute.

Nanotyrannus is the rarest and most enigmatic of the Late Cretaceous tyrannosaurids. Its sleek build, smaller size, and powerful legs made it an exceptionally agile and lethal predator. "Tara" is one of only three of her kind yet discovered, and is  the only fully mounted skeleton of this fascinating dinosaur.

Check out some teaser information and gallery images on Nat Geo's website: dino-death-match

Current Traveling Exhibits

"Cheryll the Triceratops"  and "Expedition Ice Age"

triceratops, dinosaur, exhibit

"Cheryll" is an actual dinosaur fossil excavated in 2005 by the Museum's paleontology team. "Expedition Ice Age" offers a view of Florida's past 10,000 years ago and includes both real fossils and replica skulls of the American lion, giant sloth, and others.

Plantation Historical Museum
511 N. Fig Tree Ln., Plantation FL 33317
(954) 797-2722

Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 7 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1 - 5 p.m.

Paleo-Parkland: The Margate-Blount Archaeological Site

Presenting original artifacts and the story behind the discover and excavation of one of southern Florida's most significant archaeological sites. Also on view is a full size life-replica of Smilodon fatalis, the famed saber-toothed cat.

Parkland City Library
6620 N. University Dr., Parkland FL 33067
(954) 757-4200

Monday to Thursday: 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM Friday
Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00 PM
Closed Sunday


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