When Dinosaurs Roamed Fredericksburg
The Fredericksburg area has produced the greatest collection of dinosaur types in Virginia, and they all lived in your own backyard! From giant sauropods to miniature T-Rex’s, the proof is in the footprint. What do these footprints tell us about that distant time? Join Jon Bachman and Dr. Robert E. Weems, local paleontologists, as they explain the significance of these discoveries and our world 112 million years ago – right here in your own backyard.
Evening with an Expert will take place at the FAM (907 Princess Anne St) on September 28, 2023 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and will conclude with a light reception with the speaker. Lecture tickets are $20 for non-members and $10 for members.
Jon Bachman is a well-known educator, lecturer, amateur paleontologist, author, and professional musician. He speaks widely on the unique geology and paleontology of Virginia. His research has included the discoveries of Tyrannosauripus bachmani, one of the earliest tyrannosaurid dinosaurs yet discovered, the first fossil evidence of hoping behavior in frogs, the co-discoverer of the most complete specimen of a mid-Miocene age crocodile, and the discovery of an extinct baleen whale. He has also contributed to the discovery of over 40 vertebrates from the mid Pleistocene and Holocene deposits of Virginia. The Fredericksburg Area Museum currently has an extended exhibit of the dinosaur footprints he and Dr. Robert E. Weems have discovered. He is married with two grown children, three papillons and two cats.
Dr. Robert E. Weems
Dr. Robert E. Weems grew up in Ashland, Virginia. In the second grade, he read a book called “All About Dinosaurs” by Roy Chapman Andrews and from then on became determined to learn all he could about dinosaurs in Virginia and nearby states. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Randolph-Macon College in 1968, a master’s degree in geology from Virginia Tech in 1972, and a doctoral degree in geology from the George Washington University in 1978. Dr. Weems worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia from 1978 until 2010, studying and mapping the stratigraphy of piedmont and coastal plain strata in the eastern United States. Since then, he has spent much of his retirement continuing his research on the age of dinosaurs in and around Virginia.”