UM Paleontology Center Celebrates National Fossil Day

October 06, 2014

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to “dust off them bones and party with paleontologists” at the fifth annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The free event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Clapp Building on the southeast corner of campus. Attendees are asked to enter through the building’s breezeway.

Activities include fossil identifications; tours of the Research Collections Room, which only happen once a year; a viewing of a short film about the origins of tetrapods; and a chance to hear about current paleontological research going on at the center. Activities geared especially for kids ages 5 to 12 will take place in the Junior Paleontologist Room.

Also this year, the first 40 people who sign up for a new Friends of the UMPC membership will receive a promotional UMPC T-shirt. Cash or checks only will be accepted.

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.

For more information call UMPC Collections Manager Kallie Moore at 406-243-5151, email or visit


Contact: Kallie Moore, UM Paleontology Center collections manager, 406-243-5151,