AnnouncementsSept. 9, 2023
"Saber Toothed Cats, Assassins of the Ice Age" presented by
Luis Torres, Jr., University of Florida
7PM IN-PERSON CLUB MEETING at the USF Behavioral Science Room #103
Luis Torres is a born and raised South Florida native, who grew up
to have a strong appreciation for the natural world, for both the
present and the past. It was in this natural world that he
discovered some chalky, fossilized remains of marine invertebrates from
a past age. This discovery led him to pursue his curiosity and develop
a love for all things paleontology, invertebrate or otherwise.
Luis first attended Florida Atlantic University (FAU), where he
obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology. This was followed by working as
a docent at the Palm Beach Museum of Natural History and
as a FAU Lab Technician for a few years while he worked toward a
master’s degree in geological sciences which he finished in the
Summer of 2022. Luis is currently working on earning a PhD in
geological sciences at the University of Florida. His studies of invertebrate
paleontology alongside the Florida Museum of Natural
History are further developing his skills as both a scientist and science
Saber Toothed Cats, Assassins of the Ice Age - Among the most recognizable and renowned predators of the post-dinosaur era, saber-toothed cats are known not only for their long, dagger-like canine teeth, but for their brutal and unique hunting style that allowed them to dispatch large prey with an efficiency not seen in other felines. In Luis’ presentation we will talk about the many different species of saber-toothed cats, where they evolved, how they lived, and why we believe that their long, knife-like canines that allowed them to dominate for millions of years, may have led to their eventual downfall in the face of a rapidly changing world. Don’t miss TBFC’s season opener!
Tampa Bay Fossil Chronicles
Hopefully you’ve noticed that TBFC has stepped up its game with the newsletter each month. In addition to all of our regular contributors, we’ve added two new recurring articles this season. “In Touch with Inverts” by Rob Carlson was added in September. Recently added, “Paleo Analysis” by Steve Vicari. Each month Steve will be discussing interesting prehistoric fauna and how they relate to extant species.
Please check out all of the articles in each issue. Only TBFC members receive the Chronicles, we don’t post it online or on Facebook.
Be sure to renew your Fossil Permits!