County Theater Doylestown, PA


Dr. Dana Ehret

Curator of Natural History, New Jersey State Museum

Ammonite— Leaving a mark: Life as a modern paleontologist

Join us for a presentation on modern paleontology with paleontologist Dr. Dana Ehret PhD, Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum.

County Theater Doylestown, PA

Film Synopsis

Acclaimed paleontologist Mary Anning works alone selling common fossils to tourists to support her ailing mother, but a chance job offer changes her life when a visitor hires her to care for his wife.

In the 1840s, acclaimed self-taught palaeontologist Mary Anning works alone on the wild and brutal Southern English coastline of Lyme Regis. The days of her famed discoveries behind her, she now hunts for common fossils to sell to rich tourists to support herself and her ailing widowed mother. When one such tourist, Roderick Murchison, arrives in Lyme on the first leg of a European tour, he entrusts Mary with the care of his young wife Charlotte, who is recuperating from a personal tragedy. Mary, whose life is a daily struggle on the poverty line, cannot afford to turn him down but, proud and relentlessly passionate about her work, she clashes with her unwanted guest. They are two women from utterly different worlds. Yet despite the chasm between their social spheres and personalities, Mary and Charlotte discover they can each offer what the other has been searching for: the realization that they are not alone. It is the beginning of a passionate and all-consuming love affair that will defy all social bounds and alter the course of both lives irrevocably. [Sloan Science & Film]

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About the Speaker

Dr. Dana Ehret is the Curator of Natural History for the New Jersey State Museum. He grew up in New Jersey and his interest in paleontology started at a young age. Dana attended the University of Florida for graduate school, receiving his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology in 2010. Dana’s Ph.D. work investigated the evolution of body size in the megatoothed sharks (Otodus megalodon and its ancestors). Dr. Ehret has previously worked as a Lecturer and Adjunct at Monmouth University, Curator of Paleontology at the University of Alabama and Assistant Curator of Natural History for the New Jersey State Museum. His research includes the description of three new fossil shark species and two species of fossil turtles. Dr. Ehret has appeared on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week in 2018, as well as Smithsonian Channel programming, has given interviews for National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, New Scientist, Science Daily, BBC News amongst other media outlets.