The University of Montana Paleontology Center will host several events Wednesday, Oct. 17, to celebrate National Fossil Day.
The celebration will begin with a fossil lecture by Paleontology Center Director George D. Stanley at 4 p.m. in the C.H. Clapp Building. Tours, kids’ activities and lectures will follow from 5 to 8 p.m. in the atrium outside Clapp Building Room 131. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to celebrating the history of ancient life, National Fossil Day promotes public awareness and stewardship of fossils and fosters a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.
The Paleontology Center contains more than 100,000 fossils from Montana, the West and around the world. Fossils provide a significant record of past and changing life.
“The public should know that we have a nationally recognized research collection of fossils on campus,” said Stanley.
More information about National Fossil Day is online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday.
For more information on the Paleontology Center or the upcoming events, call Kallie Moore, collections manager of the Paleontology Center, at 406-243-5151, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the center’s website at http://www.cas.umt.edu/paleontology.