GENEVA, N.Y.–Matthew C. Lamanna, a 1997 graduate of Hobart College and a native of Waterloo, N.Y., will return to Hobart and William Smith Colleges to present “The Discovery of a Giant New Dinosaur from Egypt” at 7:30 p.m. on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The event is free and public is invited to attend.
Lamanna was part of an American group of paleontologists from the University of Pennsylvania that uncovered what they say appears to be the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived. The dinosaur is called Paralititan, which means tidal giant. He and the team found the Paralititan bones in the Egyptian desert in 1999 and helped with their excavation last year. This summer, the dinosaur was unveiled and media outlets carried the discovery extensively.
Lamanna will gear his Labor Day talk to an adult audience with no scientific background. Children are welcome but should be advised that only a few slides interspersed throughout the talk will show renderings of the dinosaur. Several slides will show Lamanna and the team working in the desert.
Lamanna is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, and a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. He received a B.S. with high honors in geoscience and biology from Hobart College in 1997, and an M.S. in earth and environmental science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. He is part of the Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoecology research group at the University of Pennsylvania
While at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Lamanna's honors presentation, titled “Biogeography of Creataceous Dinosauria,” was examined by the Colleges professors James Ryan and Ted Thiesmeyer. Recently retired professor Donald Woodrow was his advisor. Lamanna was a trustee scholar, a Hobart dean's scholar for First Year Academic Achievement, a Durfee scholar, and a Dean's List student. He was also a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.
He is a 1993 graduate of Waterloo Senior High School.
# # #