President’s High Table to Feature a Discussion on “Darwin for the Ages”

April 1, 2009 -

A paleontology expert will discuss Darwin's work with evolution as part of an upcoming President's High Table at the University of Redlands.

Eric Scott, curator of paleontology at the San Bernardino County Museum, will speak at the President's High Table on April 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Orton Center. An initiation ceremony for new members of the university's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society, will also be held during the event.

Reservations for the university community are $13.50 per person, and $17.50 per guest and can be made by contacting Chris Deyo at (909) 748-8308 or by e-mail at

Scott, who has worked at the county museum since 1991, studies the evolution and extinction of large mammals in western North America, with a particular emphasis on horses and bison. His studies include both field and museum work throughout the western United States, as well as Mexico and South America.

Scott has authored a number of paleontology-focused research articles in books and professional scientific journals. He also is an adjunct instructor in biology at California State University, San Bernardino, and serves as associate editor for the Journal of Paleontology.

Before coming to the San Bernardino County Museum, he was chief excavator at the Rancho La Brea tar pits in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1990 and lives in Bloomington. 

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