September 30, 2021
Calvert Marine Museum
14200 Solomons Island Road S
Solomons, MD 20688
Lecture: Miocene Sharks and the Origins of the Modern Shark Fauna
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Join us for the second lecture in the Sharks! Sink your teeth in! Lecture Series, presented by Brett Kent, Principal Lecturer at the University of Maryland. During the Miocene there was a remarkable restructuring of shark communities. Simple tooth morphologies and dentitions that had dominated shark faunas for three hundred million years were rapidly replaced by more complex and diverse dentitions that reflected an expanded range of lifestyles. The factors that triggered this diversification are still only partially understood, but the revolutionary changes that occurred during the Miocene helped establish the pattern for the shark communities we have today.
Brett Kent is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has worked on the fossil sharks of Middle Atlantic states for more than thirty years, with an emphasis on the giant sharks of the Neogene. He is best known for his research on the false mako shark (Parotodus benedenii) and the giant thresher sharks (Alopias spp.). In 2018 he published a comprehensive review of the fossil cartilaginous fishes of Calvert Cliffs in the Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology.