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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: What's so special about the Machikane Crocodylidae?

2014-10-18 (Sat) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. In these lectures, leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 18, 2014 -- 1:30 ~ 3:00 p.m.

Tuition fee: ¥1,620

Lecturer: EGUCHI Taro, Visiting professor, Museum of Osaka University

The Machikane Crocodylidae (Toyotamaphimeia Machikanensis) fossil housed at The Museum of Osaka University is designated as a national treasure. Discovered on the Toyonaka campus in 1964, this was the first complete fossil skeleton of this crocodylidae in Japan. The fossil dates from about 450, 000 years ago and it is estimated that its overall length was about 7 m and its weight 1.3 t.
Such a large fossil has never been unearthed in near-perfect condition anywhere else in Japan. In a global sense, this Machikane Crocodylidae fossil has played an important role in the study of the evolution of crocodiles. Judging from the analysis of pollen found in the layer of earth, it is estimated that the climate was temperate when the crocodile lived. Dr. Eguchi will speak about this and other facts learned from this national treasure.

To make application, go to this page of the Asahi Culture Center website.

Date: 2014-10-18 (Sat) 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Osaka University Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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