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Lecture Mark Catesby and his Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, 1731-1743

when: Nov. 13, 2011

Dr. Alan Feduccia lectured on Mark Catesby and his Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands, 1731-1743, on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Attendees called 919-833-3431 with MasterCard or Visa, or mailed a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. They included the names of all in their party; nametags served as tickets. Tickets were non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Alan is the S. K. Heninger Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over 40 years as an evolutionary biologist, he authored numerous research papers and seven books, including The Age of Birds (Harvard, 1980), Catesby’s Birds of Colonial America (UNC Press, 1985), Birds of Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg Press, 1989), and The Origin and Evolution of Birds (Yale, 1996, 1999). His latest book, Riddle of the Feathered Dragons, will appear this year from Yale University Press. In 2008, The University of North Carolina established the Alan Feduccia Distinguished Professor, and in 2009 Chinese paleontologists named the new species Confuciusornis feducciai, for “his contribution to the study of the origin and evolution of birds.”

Alan is a popular lecturer and has appeared frequently on national TV and radio, including NPR, CNN, Discovery Channel and the McNeil/Lehrer Report. He is a member of a number of linear societies, including The Jamestowne Society, Sons of the Revolution, Society of the War of 1812, and Military Order of the Stars and Bars. He lives in Chapel Hill with his lovely wife, Olivia.

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What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.