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Visitors to Gray Fossil Site event learn how fossils relate to conservation, environment

April 21st, 2013 9:54 am by Jennifer Sprouse, Johnson City Press

Visitors to Gray Fossil Site event learn how fossils relate to conservation, environment

Fossils and Earth Day are not usually categorized together, but visitors at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site on Saturday had plenty of activities and discussions to learn about the pair’s similarities.


Doors opened at the fossil site at 9 a.m., and throughout the afternoon a steady stream of people filtered in and out of the museum’s rooms and Earth Day activities.


“We’re trying to sort of educate people in how does paleontology relate to protecting the environment or conservation,” said Steven Wallace, museum curator and site manager for the Gray Fossil Site. “Understanding how animals have reacted to past changes is going to help us figure out how they’re going to react to current changes. That’s part of ... how we justify what we do.”




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