This past Saturday, July 30th, Dr. Alex Hastings (Asst. Curator of Paleontology at the VMNH) gave an online presentation for the international community called Science Circle. This group gets together regularly via Second Life, which allows people from all over the world to interact in a virtual setting. For the presentation, Science Circle member Dr. Bill Schmachtenberg (Ferrum College & Franklin County High School) set up some images of the VMNH as well as some large snakes in the background for the virtual presentation.
The talk featured Titanoboa, a fossil snake that was larger than any other snake known to science. Dr. Hastings presented the research that he and others have done, studying the incredible fossils of northern South America from a time shortly after the mass extinction that ended the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This was Dr. Hastings’ first time presenting for an online forum, and it was a great time! People attended from four different continents, including Australia, Japan, and the Netherlands. In all it was a great group of people with interesting questions.
Russian science enthusiast Kay Burnett wrote a nice blog entry about the presentation, check it out at: Science Circle: Titanoboa
Many thanks to Dr. Schmachtenberg and the Science Circle for the opportunity!