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Fossils in the Big Apple and Other Urban Paleontology Adventures

By Rachel Ewing
Office of University Communications

November 21, 2013


There are fossils in New York’s Grand Central Station.

Ken Lacovara, PhD, hunts for fossils in New York City

It’s not a traveling museum exhibit. It’s not an exhibit at all.

Hundreds of millions of years in the past, the limestone used to construct the station’s floors was formed through the accumulation of ancient marine life. You can still see impressions of some of those life forms today if you know what to look for.

As a paleontologist, Ken Lacovara, PhD, an associate professor at Drexel, knows exactly what to look for. During a weekend in New York City, he teamed up with television host Richard Wiese to film a five-borough fossil hunt for the program “Born to Explore.”

The episode airs this Saturday, Nov. 23 on ABC television stations.

Read more on the Drexel News Blog