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February 13, 2013

March is Dino Month at the Burke Museum!

Dino Day, T. rex Talk, and Dino-Themed Weekend Activities
March 2013

Seattle – Do you dig dinos? Join the Burke Museum for exciting programs all month! Get an up-close view of the Burke Museum’s paleontology collections and uncover the secret lives of dinosaurs.

Dino Talk: The Life and Times of Tyrannosaurus rex, with Dr. Thomas Holtz
Friday, March 8, 7 pm, Kane Hall 120, UW Campus
FREE for all
Recent discoveries reveal new clues about the evolution of T. rex from a small fuzzy carnivore to one of the largest predators ever to walk the Earth. Studies of the tyrant king’s eyes, nose, brain, claws, jaws, teeth, and legs create a clearer picture of how T. rex lived, fed, and fought. We can now map changes in growth and behavior that Tyrannosaurus went through from birth to death. 

Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geology at the University of Maryland, is a dinosaur paleontologist specializing in the origin, evolution, and adaptations of carnivorous dinosaurs. In this talk he will show us how recent studies of T. rex as well as other dinosaurs, animals and plants that shared his world, reveal how the last of the giant dinosaur predators ruled North America at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs.

This lecture is FREE and open to the public. Advance registration required; space is limited. To register, go to www.burkemuseum.org/events.

Lecture sponsored by Nathan Myhrvold and Rosemarie Havranek.

DINO DAY
Sunday, March 10, 10 am – 4 pm, Burke Museum
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members
Discover the secret life of dinosaurs at Dino Day! Find out how paleontologists know what dinos looked like, how they lived, and what they ate.

Dino Day activities include:

  • Watch scientists prepare a duck-billed dinosaur fossil
  • Crack open your own fossils with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
  • Talk with Burke paleontologists about their expeditions around the world
  • Uncover a fossil ichthyosaur in the Dino Dig Pit
  • Dress up in dino-gear

Dino Day is included with museum admission and is FREE for Burke members. Burke members receive priority admission at 9 am; doors open to the general public at 10 am. Parking is available in several UW lots and is free on Sundays.  

Dino Day is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.

Dino Weekend Activities
Saturdays and Sundays in March, 11 am – 3 pm, Burke Museum
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members
Every weekend in March, enjoy fossil-themed activities at the Burke. Uncover fossils in the Dino Dig Pit, touch fossils from the Burke collections, and make a monstrous “Potatosaurus” to take home!

Image: Illustration © Luis Rey.

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Illustration (c) Luis Rey.