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Looking at How Life Recovered After the Cretaceous Extinction


(Concord, NH) The McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center will feature Looking at How Life Recovered After the Cretaceous Extinction, a presentation by Dr. Chris Lowery, on Friday October 4th at 7:00 p.m. for its October Super Stellar Friday. Every first Friday of the month, the Discovery Center is open from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with special programs, a planetarium show, and stargazing (weather permitting) with the New Hampshire Astronomical Society.


Following an asteroid impact in the Gulf of Mexico at the end of the Cretaceous Period, 75% of all species on Earth went extinct within a few years. Just a few years later, life had already started to return to the impact site, but global species diversity would take another ̴10 million years to recover. Understanding how life on Earth has rebounded from mass extinctions can help us predict future trends following the current (Holocene) period of mass extinction. Paleoceanographer Dr. Chris Lowery is a research associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics, specializing in how marine life has adapted (or failed to adapt) to changes in its environment. As part of the Ocean Discovery Lecture Series presenting the work of the International Ocean Discovery Program, Dr. Lowery will visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to discuss recent research into the sediment cores of the impact site and the picture the data paint of life’s recovery after the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. 


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s feature presentation begins at 7 p.m, followed by a planetarium show. Recommended for ages 8 and older. The all-inclusive price for Super-Stellar Fridays is free for members, $11.50 for adults, $10.50 seniors and students and $8.50 for children. An adult must accompany children under 13.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an immersive full dome, all digital planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.



If you are interested in becoming a member at the Discovery Center, please visit our website. To visit our website Click Here. You can also become a member over the phone. Call (603)-271-7827 x104 for details. Or come visit us during operating hours!



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