Jurassic  Park

County Theater Doylestown, PA


Dr. Ted Daeschler

Retired Curator and Professor, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel University

Jurassic Park— Can you dig it?: Recent advances in dinosaur science

In this presentation, paleontologist Dr. Ted Daeschler PhD, retired Curator and Professor at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will expound on recent advances in dinosaur science.

County Theater Doylestown, PA

Film Synopsis

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Two dinosaur experts, Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), are invited by eccentric millionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) to preview his new amusement park on an island off Costa Rica. By cloning DNA harvested from prehistoric insects, Hammond's scientists have recreated living dinosaurs for the exhibits. Accompanied by a cynical mathematician who is obsessed with chaos theory (Jeff Goldblum) and the millionaire’s two grandchildren (Joseph Mazzello, Ariana Richards), the experts are sent on a tour through the resort in computer-controlled touring cars. But as a tropical storm hits the island, knocking out the power supply, an unscrupulous employee (Wayne Knight) sabotages the system so he can smuggle dinosaur embryos out of the park, and the dinosaurs rage out of control. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg directed the first installment of this epic sci-fi adventure film.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ted Daeschler recently retired as Curator and Professor at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Ted studied geology at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and received a Masters in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. He was awarded his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1998.Ted’s responsibilities at the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University focused primarily on research, teaching, collections care and public programs. His research interests center on Late Devonian-age fossils and the origin of limbed vertebrates and include ground-breaking work on Devonian-age rocks in Pennsylvania, Arctic Canadian and Antarctica. He served as a scientific advisor for the renovation of the Academy’s Dinosaur Hall and taught a course annually at Drexel entitled Dinosaurs and Their World.