For RoundTable Winter Midterm Participants! 

Inspired by the pursuit of life-long learning, new complimentary sessions will be offered throughout the term and are open exclusively to RoundTable Winter Midterm participants. Each session will be live streamed and then available to watch for one week after it airs. 

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Who Should Own A Dinosaur? 

Moderated by Dr. Michael D’Emic


Fossils are any records of ancient life, serving as gateways to lost worlds. For many children, fossils also serve as gateways to a lifelong love of science. Defining a fossil scientifically is simple, but defining a fossil in a legal sense has been surprisingly complicated. The legal ambiguity surrounding fossil ownership has led to a patchwork of laws and a number of high-profile court cases, often involving celebrities and six-figure auctions. Dinosaurs, the most popular fossils, have stood at the center of legal controversies surrounding fossil ownership. In this seminar, we will explore the effect of several high-impact court cases on the booming field of paleontology in an attempt to answer the question: who should own a dinosaur?

Dr. Michael D’ Emic is an Associate Professor of Biology at Adelphi University, where he has worked since 2015. He was formerly a Research Instructor at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Originally from New York, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Boston University and went on to receive a Masters and PhD from the University of Michigan. He is an expert in dinosaur anatomy, growth, and evolution and has published nearly 30 research articles. His main field research takes place in Wyoming and Montana, where he has led fossil excavations for over a decade. He has traveled to museums around the world for research, and participated in excavations in Utah, Arizona, New York, and Madagascar.


 Thursday, January 14th at 2:00pm EST