MISSOULA – In celebration of the fourth annual National Fossil Day, the University of Montana Paleontology Center will host free events from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, including tours, fossil identification and kids’ activities.
The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 100,000 vertebrate, invertebrate and plant specimens in the research collection, which was started in 1898.
The public is invited to the following events:
- 4-5 p.m.: Lecture by Dave Trexler, head paleontologist of the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum and author of “Becoming Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Perspective on Climate Change Today,” Charles H. Clapp Building Room 131.
- 5 p.m.: Kids’ activities for children under age 12, fossil identification, summer field season information and tours. Various locations, check in at the welcome tables in the atrium outside CHCB Room 131.
- 5:30-6 p.m.: Official welcome, CHCB Room 131.
- 6:15-6:50 p.m.: First showing of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s short film “The Day the Mesozoic Died,” CHCB Room 131.
- 7:15 p.m.: Second showing of “The Day the Mesozoic Died,” CHCB Room 131.
This is the only night each year the public can see the research collection, according to UMPC Collections Manager Kallie Moore. People also are encouraged to bring their own specimens to the event.
“If people have rocks or fossils they would like identified, this would be a really great night to do it,” Moore said.
NOTE TO MEDIA: If you are interested in taking photos at the event, call or email Moore in advance.