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July 16, 2004

Focus on Fossils!

Saturday, July 31, 2004 11 am - 4 pm

Seattle - Bring your family to the Burke Museum for a special fossil-focused day, Sat., July 31 from 11 am to 4 pm.

Highlights of the day include tours of the popular exhibit, Dinosaurs of Darkness, led by Dr. Liz Nesbitt, curator of paleontology at the Burke Museum, at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. Watch scientists work with fossils and demonstrate the tools of the trade! Hands-on activities for children include fossil rubbings and fossil molds! Learn about fossils by talking with scientists and viewing fossil specimens rarely on view from the Burke collections, and visit the Fossil Preparation Station where you’ll see demonstrations of fossils being chipped and chiseled out of stone. Author Kelly Milner-Hall will also be on hand for a reading from her book, Dinosaur Mummies: Beyond Bare Bones Fossils, at 12 noon and 2 pm. Milner-Hall will also have a selection of touchable fossils related to her book.

While visiting, explore Dinosaurs of Darkness, a riveting exhibit from Australia, featuring recently discovered dinosaurs that lived in the extreme polar regions of the globe. These dinosaurs lived where darkness reigned in winter and temperatures plunged below freezing. Learn about the unusual dinosaurs of Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, and Russia. See full skeletons, models, fossil bones, and paintings that tell the fascinating story of how dinosaurs lived in these cold, dark places. Dinosaurs of Darkness is on view through Oct. 17, 2004.

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The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE, on the University of Washington campus. Hours are 10 am to 5pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. Admission is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth. Admission is free to children 5 and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. For a complete calendar of events or for more information, call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org.

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