MISSOULA – The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to “follow the dinosaur footprints and party with paleontologists” at the seventh annual National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 12.
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 rock and fossil identifications; tours of the Research Collections Room, which only happen once a year; a screening of a short film about the coelacanth; 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.
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.