Sunday at the Bluff looks back at the Black Prairie

April 11, 2014 10:31:45 AM



No region in the entire Southeast, except perhaps the Mississippi Delta, is as rich in agricultural history as the Black Prairie. Just where is this unique region and what makes it so special? 


What does the fossil record tell us about the biological and physiographic history of the Black Prairie? What was it like 10,000 years or more ago when much of North America was covered by an immense ice sheet? What was roaming these grasslands where so many domestic cattle may now graze, and are any of these prehistoric Prairie animals still with us?  


George Phillips, curator of paleontology at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, will explore some of these questions and others in a talk titled "The Black Prairie 10,000 Years Ago" at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Plymouth Bluff Center. The venue is located at 2200 Old West Point Road in Columbus. 


Phillips holds degrees from Mississippi State University and North Carolina State University. One of his specific interests is the historical ecology of the Mississippi-Alabama Black Prairie. 


All Sunday at the Bluff programs are free and open to the public.