Florissant fossil beds national monument talk by dr. herb meyers

Posted 4/1/13

Dr. Herb Meyer will present talk and book signing of "Saved in Time: The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monumnet" on Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 pm at the Florissant Library. Event is free.

“SAVED IN TIME:  The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument”

July 30, 1969, Florissant, Colorado.  Women and children stand in front of the bulldozers, determined to save the 34 million year old fossils.  One child (Holly Buchan) remembers “…standing and staring at them.  They were big and fierce like dinosaurs.  I heard my mom (behind me) saying something like ‘Just stand still.  Don’t move, Honey!  They won’t hurt you.’  I felt like I was all alone there to face down/stop the bulldozers from breaking all the fossils.”    On Sunday, April 14, 2013, you are invited to join Dr. Herb Meyer as he talks about his new book “Saved in Time:  The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument”. 

The exciting excerpt (quoted above) is from the just released book by Estella Leopold and Herbert Meyer, detailing the story of these unsung heroes of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  It also exposes the villains as the story unfolds with all of its many twists, turns and insults.  Herb Meyer also recounts the exciting fossil discoveries by early paleontologists, homesteaders, and landowners, along with some of the stories behind the national monument.  One review states that the “book reads like a mystery thriller.” 

Herb Meyer, the book’s coauthor, is the paleontologist for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.  He is also Adjunct Curator, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Research Associate, Denver Museum of Nature & Science.  Dr. Meyer is also the author of the highly acclaimed book “The Fossils of Florissant” (Smithsonian Institution, 2003).

Dr. Meyer’s talk will be held at the Florissant Public Library, Sunday, April 14, at 2:00 p.m.  This program is presented as a public service by the Pikes Peak Historical Society together with the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds.  Admission is free but seating is limited.  Refreshments will be served, and a book signing will follow.   For more information, call 719-748-3562.

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