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DINOSAURS: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

Programs and Events

Lecture Series | Field Trips and Programs | Family Programs

Lecture Series

Dinosaurs of the Lost Continent
Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D., Research Curator, Utah Museum of Natural History, University of Utah
How were so many giant animals able to coexist on such a diminutive landmass? Why were most of these dinosaurs adorned with bizarre bony features such as horns, crests, domes, or spikes? How did the predatory giant Tyrannosaurus rex ultimately evolve, and what factors may have led to the great extinction of dinosaurs at the close of the Mesozoic Era? Scott D. Sampson, Ph.D., will address these questions and more, exploring some of the latest ideas and controversies reviewed in his recent book, Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life.
Tuesday, March 30; 6:30–8 PM
Member, Senior, Student, Military $10; Nonmembers $12.

You can now view the lecture webcast on our Webcasts and Recorded Lectures area.

Changing Faces of Dinosaurs
Jack Horner, Ph.D Curator of Paleontology, Museum of the Rockies and Regents Professor, Montana State University
Join Jack Horner, Ph.D., for a discussion about his latest paleontological research showing how dinosaur skulls changed as a variety of dinosaurs developed into adulthood. The dinosaurs that will be featured include Triceratops, Pachycephalosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and the duck bill, Edmontosaurus. These changes provide information about dinosaur behavior.
Note: advance registration recommended.
Tuesday, April 13; 6–7:30 PM
Member, Senior, Student, Military $10; Nonmembers $12.

Dinosaur Discovery: Paleontology Field Trips and Programs
Spring 2010

Paleontology’s Recent Discoveries in San Diego
Instructor: Maggie Carrino, Fossil Preparation Lab Manager
Join a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum’s paleontology lab and collections. Learn more about recent discoveries and get a glimpse in the life of a paleontologist. View fossils currently being prepared and the scientific tools used in excavation and preparation.
Tuesday, April 20; 6:30–8:30 PM
Tuesday, May 11; 6:30–8:30 PM
Member $25; Nonmember $33

Diamond Valley Reservoir
Leaders: Kerry Cato, geologist and Sarah Siren, field paleontologist manager
The Diamond Valley Reservoir is the largest fresh-water reservoir in southern California. Learn about the paleontological finds of mammoth, mastodon, and other species of the Pleistocene Era found during the building of this reservoir. Price includes bus transportation, museum admission, and behind-the-scenes tour.
Saturday, May 22; 8 AM–5 PM
Member $95; Nonmember $105

San Diego’s Pleistocene Mammals
Instructor: Kesler Randall, Collections Manager of Fossil Vertebrates
As recently as 200,000 years ago, San Diego was home to such giant beasts as mammoths, mastodons, bison, and ground sloths. View actual fossils that have been recently unearthed in coastal San Diego from Ice Age sediments.
Thursday, May 27; 6:30–8:30 PM
Member $15; Nonmember $20

Footprints and Tar Pits
Leader: Sarah Siren, Field Paleontologist Manager
Visit the George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries in Los Angeles, the site of one of the world’s most famous fossil regions. Price includes bus transportation, museum admission and behind-the-scenes tour.
Saturday, June 26; 8 AM–6 PM
Member $95; Nonmember $105

Family Programs

Dinosaur Family Day
Come celebrate the arrival of our new exhibition Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. Investigate dinosaur fossils, design your own dinosaur, and join Ms. Frizzle™ at noon and 2 PM for Dinosaur Dining!
FREE with Museum admission.
Saturday, April 17; 11 AM–3 PM

Dinosaur Family Camp-in
Enjoy a dino-mite night at the Museum with your family. Explore the latest dinosaur discoveries by trying your hand at paleontology, viewing Dinosaurs Alive! 3D, and taking a tour of Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. At the end of the evening, settle under your favorite dinosaur and drift off to sleep in the exhibit hall. Includes an evening snack, continental breakfast, lots of learning, and plenty of dino fun! Open to ages 5 and up.
Friday, April 30; 6 PM to Saturday, May 1; 8 AM
Member $50 per person; Nonmember $65 per person; Maximum 2 children per adult.

Call 619.255.0203 to register for programs or for more information.