CSU Geology Professor Pens Book Published by Nation's Oldest Scholarly Society

Schwimmer BookCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University Geology Professor David Schwimmer is the lead author on a new book-length monograph on the fossil record of the dinosaur age in South Carolina, published by the American Philosophical Society, the oldest scholarly organization in the United States.

"A Late Cretaceous Dinosaur And Reptile Assemblage From South Carolina, USA" describes a new assemblage of dinosaur and reptile remains from six different locations in eastern South Carolina, which played an important but seldom-mentioned role in the early history of studies of North American fossils and fauna.

Schwimmer said most of the fossils discussed in the book were studied in his lab in Columbus, often discussed with Columbus State University geology students. Schwimmer's co-authors are Albert E. Sanders, curator of Natural Sciences at the Charleston Museum; Bruce R. Erickson, Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, Department of Paleontology, The Science Museum of Minnesota; and Robert E. Weems, a paleontologist retired from United States Geological Survey.

The American Philosophical Society (APS) is a scholarly society advocated by Benjamin Franklin that has been publishing scholarly works since 1771. The society says it "promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources and community outreach. This country's first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years."