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January 12, 2007

Dinosaur Day is Here!

Sat., Feb. 10, 2007
10 am – 4 pm

Seattle Dinosaur Day is back at the Burke on Sat., Feb. 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. Bring the entire family to experience a day filled with activities and awe-inspiring examples of dinosaurs and more! Burke paleontologists will amaze you with fascinating examples of fossils from the Burke’s own collections. This year features live demonstrations of a 40 million-year-old mammal jaw being “prepared” on site.

Burke Museum specialist Bruce Crowley will be working on a giant Brontothere jaw bone (an extinct relative of the rhinoceros) collected in Wyoming just last year by Burke paleontologists. The demonstration will be illuminated by a giant screen above, so visitors can see the painstaking work live in action.

Also this year, the Burke teams up with the Pacific Science Center to present Dino Puzzles and Fossil Formations, where kids will explore the world of fossilization by checking out real fossils and creating their own play-dough fossil models, as well as activities that explore the criteria scientists use to define dinosaurs.Information on the Science Center’s upcoming Colossal Fossils dinosaur exhibit will also be available.

This year features activities for children of all ages, including the popular DinosaurRomp Room– where kids dress up with dinosaur body parts in a prehistoric setting and the Touchable Fossils Table for older children. In addition, members of the Northwest Paleontology Association will display fossils from their collections.

Burke paleontologists will bring up bones from the depths of storage to amaze visitors of all ages with the incredible diversity and power of the dinosaur.Look through tables of dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and minerals.All displays are staffed with the most knowledgeable dinosaur experts in the Pacific Northwest.This event is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontology Association and the Pacific Science Center.

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