December 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

Science Cafe | Before Lions Were King: Discovering Africa’s First Meat-eaters, Dec. 6

Science Café presents Dr. Nancy Stevens and Matthew Borths discussing “Before Lions Were King: Discovering Africa’s First Meat-eaters” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Baker Center Front Room.

Dr. Nancy Stevens

Dr. Nancy Stevens

Today, lions, hyenas, and hunting dogs are the iconic predators at the top of the African food chain. But they haven’t always been king. They inherited their dominant role as apex carnivores from an ancient, extinct lineage of meat-eaters: the hyaenodonts.

Once found in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, these carnivores were equipped with more meat-slicing teeth than big cats. They ranged from the size of a weasel to a rhino. Over the last few years, Ohio University researchers Stevens and Borths have discovered new species in Egypt and Tanzania, new specimens of juveniles, and new specimens of a colossal hyaenodont from Kenya.

“With all of these new fossils we are gaining a better understanding of how these animals lived and why they ultimately went extinct,” said Borths, a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences Department.

Sciencé Cafe events are held on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Front Room at Baker University Center. They are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Science Café is a venue for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting.

The Science Café is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental & Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi, and Roxanne Malé-Brune, Director of Grant Development and Projects in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creativity.

Science Café and Café Conversations are sponsored by the Office of Vice President for Research and Creativity and the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi.

Fall 2017 Science Café & Café Conversations

Sept. 20, Lisa Crockett, Professor, Biological Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Café Conversation: Sept 27: Colin Gabler, Assistant Professor, Marketing | Watch on A&S TV

Oct. 11, Julie Suhr, Professor, Psychology | Watch on A&S YV

Oct. 18, Paul Patton, Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Food Studies | Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 11, Zach Meisel, Assistant Professor, Physics | Watch on A&S TV

Nov. 15, Srdjan Nesic, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Director, Institute for Corrosion Multiphase Technology | Watch on A&S TV

Dec. 6, Nancy Stevens, Professor, Biomedical Sciences | Watch on A&S TV

Spring 2018

Jan. 24n Viorel Popescu, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Feb. 7, Kim Rios, Associate Professor, Psychology

Feb. 21 Jana Houser, Assistant Professor, Geography

March 7, Hans Kruse, Professor and Director, School of Information and Telecommunication Systems

March 21, Ken Walsh, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

April 4, Morgan Vis, Professor and Chair, Environmental & Plant Biology

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