Carolina Piedmont Seminar Series: Ice Age Carolinas

Event Details

Date: November 10, 2022
Time: 6:00 pm—7:30 pm
Location: Museum of York County

Event Description:

Online registration is closed. Walk-up registration available at each session with payment via cash or check. Full registration fee required, even for partial registration. Registration fee is $40 for non-members and $30 for members.

This three-part seminar series will take a closer look at Ice Age Carolinas: Exploring Our Pleistocene Past. Participants will journey back in time to encounter the strange, gigantic, fierce, and fantastic beasts that roamed the Carolinas during the Pleistocene Epoch from 2.6 million to 11,700 years ago. Enrollment fee includes the three seminar sessions led by the Museum of York County’s Curator of Natural History, Steve Fields, Ph.D,and a copy of Ice Age Mammals of North America: A Guide to the Big, the Hairy and the Bizarre by Ian M. Lange.

Seminars are scheduled for Sept. 15, Oct. 13, & Nov.10, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m at the Museum of York County.

Museum Members: $30/ Non-Members: $40.

Seminar Series is recommended for ages 12 and older;

September 15 – “South Carolina’s Serengeti”

The beginning of the Pleistocene Epoch finds the global climate in a state of flux. A series of “Ice Ages” is in progress, but between the long periods of icy dominance, there are episodes of warming. About 2.5 million years ago, the Carolinas resembled the plains of East Africa, and herds of “zebras” and antelope along with cheetahs and hyenas called the savannas of South Carolina home.

October 13 – “South Carolina or South America?”

During the late-middle Pleistocene, about 450,000 years ago, our climate was similar to that of today, but the tropical tapirs, capybaras, and jaguars were not so familiar. One South Carolina fossil site has a remarkable story, and its name says it all.

November 10 – “Northern Exposure”

The end of the Pleistocene brought another transformation to the Carolina landscape. The climate is indeed colder, and the mammoths, muskoxen, and bears have a more northern affinity. But a bigger change is on the horizon, and most of the great beasts will meet their end.