Sunday, February 24, 2008

Burpee Museum's 10th annual PaleoFest

And now for some happy, more light hearted news:

If you are not planning to already, and you are in the area, you should come to the 10th annual PaleoFest at the Burpee Museum of Natural History this coming weekend (March 1st and 2nd) in Rockford, Illinois!

The exciting talks include this cute guy above, Homer, from the first ever described
Triceratops bonebed (far more interesting and cuter than the museums other attraction, Jane)! Found in 2005, Homer and two others are preserved at this site and are proving to be an interesting taphonomic puzzle. This is the subject of Josh Matthews masters thesis and he will be discussing it on Sunday at 5:30. Homers skull will be revealed to the world Saturday night (6-8 pm) at the CSI Dinner and Lecture by Dr. Jim Kirkland.

Another interesting talk will be given by this cute guy to your right (the far right, not the one in green, the one in the black vest). Thats right, none other than my wonderful fiancé, Dr. John Foster, will be speaking on the Mygatt-Moore Bonebed Sunday at 11:30 am. Mygatt-Moore is the Morrison Formation (Jurassic aged) quarry I spent all summer working this past summer in Rabbit Valley of western Colorado. This site was discovered in 1981 and has been worked every summer since 1984. It has yielded the first Jurassic ankylosaurian dinosaur found in North America, Mymoorapelta. Other dinosaurs known from the site include Allosaurus, Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, and Diplodocus. John will be talking about the taphonomy of the site, a project we started working on this past summer and preliminarily reported on at GSA this past year. I will leave the details to John, so I hope you can come and hear his talk (be sure to find me and say hello also!)!

Other talks include:

Saturday, 10:00 am • Theropods from Southern China
Phillip Currie PhD., University of Alberta

Saturday, 11:30 am • Fossil Plants and Spores of the Dinosaur Park Formation
Eva Koppelhus, PhD., University of Alberta

Saturday, 1:00 pm • Building a BIGGER Bronto
Matthew Bonnan, PhD., Western Illinios University

Saturday, 2:30 pm • Raptors: Fangs, Feathers and Footprints
Peter Makovicky, PhD., Field Museum - Chicago

Saturday, 4:00 pm • The Burgess Shale Revisited
Jean-Bernard Caron, PhD., Royal Ontario Museum

Sunday, 10:00 am • Assessing Dinosaur Diversity
John "Jack" Horner. PhD., Museum of the Rockies

Sunday, 11:30 am • The Mygatt-Moore Quarry, a bonebed from western Colorado
John Foster, PhD., Museum of Western Colorado

Sunday, 1:00 pm • Reptiles and Amphibians from a unique early Permian site
Robert Reisz, Ph.D. University of Toronto

Sunday, 2:30 pm • Giant Carchaodontosaurids of Argentina
Phillip Currie, PhD., University of Alberta

Sunday, 4:00 pm • Dragons of the Air
Chris Bennett, PhD., Fort Hayes State University

Sunday, 5:30 pm • Homer and the Gang
Josh Matthews, Northern Illinois University
Sunday, 5:30 pm • Burpee's Summer Vacation
Scott Williams , Burpee Museum Collections/Exhibits Manager

Please visit the PaleoFest website for all of the details! Hope to see you there!

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