UM Paleontology Center Invites Public to Celebrate National Fossil Day

October 01, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to “dustoff them bones and party with paleontologists” at the sixth annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

This 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 and tours of the Research Collections Room, which only occur annually. Visitors can check out a special guest from the Two Medicine Dinosaur Center and have a chance to hear about current paleontological research happening at the center. Activities geared especially for children ages 5 to 12 will take place in the Junior Paleontologist Room.

The first 20 people who sign up for a Friends of the UMPC membership will receive a promotional UMPC T-shirt. Only cash or checks will be accepted.

The UMPC collections represent the ancient heritage of Montana and western North America. There are more than 50,000 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 kallie.moore@mso.umt.edu or visit http://www.hs.umt.edu/paleo.

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Contact: Kallie Moore, UM Paleontology Center collections manager, 406-243-5151, kallie.moore@mso.umt.edu.