Fossil Fever

Saturday, April 2 at 12:00 pm

Come join Steve Emma, member and former president of the Rhode Island Mineral Hunters, Inc., as he introduces our audience to plant fossils of the Carboniferous Period. The Carboniferous Period, also known as the “Age of Fossils,” occurred from 320 to 280 million years ago. Most of the hydrocarbon fuels—coal, oil, and gas—that we use today come from decaying plants and animals that were alive during that time. Steve will focus particularly on the remains of some of these plants. His personal collection of plant fossils include several hundred catalogued specimens collected throughout Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts. Our audience members can go home with a small fossil sample of their very own. Children with pre-historic interests are very welcome!

Right now come and see some of Steve’s collection of fossils and minerals on display here at the library.

Steve Emma has a background in horticulture and botany and has taught several semesters as an adjunct professor of Botany at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Continuing Education. He has a great interest in paleobotany, the study of plant fossils.