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February 05, 2014

Dinosaurs at the Burke Museum

Dino Day and Free Dinosaur Lecture
March 2014

Seattle – This March, dig into dinos with the Burke Museum! Follow the journey of discovering super-sized prehistoric crocs and digging raptors at a free public lecture with Dr. Paul Sereno. See newly collected Triceratops fossils on display for the first time, along with dozens of other prehistoric plants and animals at the Burke’s most popular annual event, Dino Day!

Dino Talk: Unearthing Africa's Crocs, Dinosaurs & Ancient Civilizations
with Dr. Paul Sereno
Friday, March 7, 2014, 7 pm
Kane Hall 130, UW Campus
FREE FOR ALL; Pre-registration recommended at burkemuseum.org/events

Sail-backed meat-eaters, toothy fern-mowers, digging raptors, super-sized crocs, soaring pterosaurs, and pre-Egyptian humans are featured in this journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor, Paul Sereno. Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth.  

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm
Burke Museum
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members and UW Staff, Students, and Faculty with UW ID

Burke paleontologists had a busy summer—they brought back a ton of fossils from the Cretaceous! Explore the end of the dinosaur era and the emergence of flowering plants at Dino Day. See for the first time several Triceratops from Montana and Wyoming, the dinosaur precursor Asilisaurus from Tanzania, and other fossils that play a vital role in research both in the Northwest and around the world.

Additional activities:

  • Uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit
  • Watch scientists prepare a Triceratops fossil
  • Help paleontologists search for shark teeth and see them up-close under a microscope
  • Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
  • Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
  • Dress up in dino-gear
  • Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world

Presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

Burke members receive priority admission starting at 9 am. Not a member? Join today at burkemuseum.org/join.

For high resolution photos or interviews, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

(206) 543-9762; FAX (206) 616-1274

Visitors examine an Albertosaurus with Burke Museum paleontologists at a previous Dino Day.
Photo by Rachel Crick Photography.
Future paleontologists uncover a fossil in the Dino Dig Pit at a previous Dino Day.
Photo by Lora Shinn.
Dr. Paul Sereno with super-sized crocodiles.
Photo by Michael Hettwer.