MISSOULA – The University of Montana Paleontology Center invites the public to celebrate National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
The Paleontology Center will mark the day with a free event 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 displays and research collections; and a chance to hear about paleontological research going on at the center. The year’s event will highlight “Wonderful Weirdos” in the collection. Participants are invited to bring in their own fossils for identification.
“Anyone who has interest in fossils or earth history should come by and visit us for National Fossil Day,” said Kallie Moore, Paleontology Center collections manager. “The UMPC has been involved with National Fossil Day since it was established in 2010, and we love bringing the amazing field of paleontology to the community.”
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.