Countdown to PaleoFest 2013

My apologies for slacking on the posting front . . . I promise it’s only because we’ve all been working overtime on the preparations for PaleoFest 2013. Please accept this picture of an adorable baby Triceratops skull as compensation for lack of recent blog posts.

This little guy, a cast of UCMP 154452,  will be joining Homer and the other Ceratopsids in the new exhibit when it opens in May. (C) Burpee Museum

This little guy, a cast of UCMP 154452, will be joining Homer and the other Ceratopsids in the new exhibit when it opens in May. (C) Burpee Museum

For those of you familiar with Burpee Museum, you know that PaleoFest is our annual celebration of paleontology and dinosaurs. We normally have special children’s and family-friendly activities at the museum, in addition to public talks by well known paleontologists. This year, however, things are a little different.

PaleoFest 2013, to be held at Burpee Museum on March 2 and 3, 2013, is the 15th anniversary of PaleoFest, and we’re pulling out all the stops! This year we are partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to present a full scientific symposium titled “The End of the Dinosaurs: Changes in the Late Cretaceous Biosphere” – however, as usual, the general public is welcome to attend the symposium. The symposium will feature 30+ speakers from all over the world, in addition to several student poster presentations on Saturday evening.

In addition to the symposium Dr. John (Jack) Horner will be presenting the keynote address at the Saturday evening dinner lecture. Dr. Horner has published more than 170 professional papers, 9 popular books, and more than 100 popular articles. His book Digging Dinosaurs was described by New Scientist Magazine as one of the 200 most important science books of the 20th Century. Jack directs the largest dinosaur field research program in the world. Jack was the technical advisor for Steven Spielberg on all of the Jurassic Park movies, and on the FOX television show Terra Nova. He has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, National Geographic, and The Discovery Channel. Jack is the Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies, and Regent’s Professor of Paleontology at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paleobiology at the Smithsonian Institution, and an Honorary Research Fellow with the Natural History Museum in London. Jack lectures on dinosaurs, evolution and dyslexia. At the dinner lecture he will be presenting a talk titled “Dinosaur Shape-Shifting.”

We are also still hosting all of the same family-friendly and kid-friendly events. This year Dr. Scott Sampson (“Dr. Scott the Paleontologist”) will be presenting two children’s lectures at the Rockford Woman’s Club/Rockford Theatre as well as a children’s workshop at the museum. We also have two Burpee children’s workshops offered on Sunday. Kids can also complete all of the DinoBlast stations around the museum.

For more details about PaleoFest visit the PaleoFest website or call the museum at 815.965.3433



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