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January 21, 2008

Newest Fossils Unveiled at Burke Museum Dinosaur Day

Saturday, March 1, 2008
10 am - 4 pm

Seattle – Discover the Burke Museum’s newest fossils at the annual Dinosaur Day on Sat., March 1, 10am-4pm. See the incredible, 21-foot-long, 125 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.

Burke Museum paleontology specialist Bruce Crowley will work live on a real Tyrannosaurus rexfossil 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.

Crack open your own fossils with chisels, courtesy of the Stonerose Interpretive Center who will be on site for the day.Split open real shale and take home any fossil treasures you find inside!

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 DinosaurRomp Room– where kids dress up with dinosaur body parts in a prehistoric setting – and the popular Touchable Fossils Table.

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

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