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February 14, 2008

Meet a Nothosaur and Crack Open a Fossil Rock at Dino Day

Dino Day, Saturday, March 1, 2008, 10 am - 4 pm, Burke Museum

Seattle – Discover your own fossils at this year’s Dinosaur Day family event at the Burke Museum, Sat., March 1. New this year: See the incredible, 21-foot-long, 145 million year old ichthyosaur fossil recently installed in the museum. Get up close to the newest giant marine reptile, the nothosaur, which will be on view inside its crate for the first time in the Burke lobby.

Plus, crack into real shale rock using chisels. If you find a fossil treasure inside, you get to take it home, courtesy of Stonerose Interpretive Center.

The fossil focus continues with live demonstrations by Burke Museum paleontology specialist Bruce Crowley, who will work on a real Tyrannosaurus rex fossil bone, collected in Wyoming by Burke paleontologists in 2007. Watch as he uses the tools of the trade to crack away rock and uncover the 65 million year old bones of the Earth’s most ferocious beast.

Plus, Burke paleontologists will bring up bones from the depths of storage to amaze visitors with the incredible diversity and power of the dinosaur. Look through tables of dinosaur bones and other ancient vertebrates, invertebrates, plants and minerals. All displays are staffed with the most knowledgeable dinosaur experts in the Pacific Northwest. Talk with the experts and learn what fossil work is really like.

Other activities include a Dinosaur Romp Room – where kids dress up with dinosaur body parts – and the ever popular Dino Drawings of Mark Orsen.

This event is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontology Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center.

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