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February 23, 2006

Dino Day promises delightful doings

Participants in this year’s Dinosaur Day at the Burke Museum can discover the evolutionary connection between dinosaurs and birds — and marvel at the museum’s new prehistoric giant duck. The festivities are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4.


Some of the activities available at the event include a dinosaur parade, coloring on stencils and making dino paper chains. Visitors will be able to compare a dinosaur’s forelimb with the wings of a typical bird of today such as a robin. They can look at the feather imprints of the 150-million-year-old fossil Archaeopteryx — and see the similarities. Also, the Burke’s new paleontology curator, Christian Sidor, will be on hand to greet the guests. Sidor recently returned from field work in Antarctica.


Visitors can also look through tables of dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era vertebrates, invertebrates, microfossils, plants and minerals, provided by both the Burke and the Northwest Paleontology Association in Seattle.


Admission to the Burke is free for faculty, staff and students. It is $8 for the general public, $5 for children and free for children 4 and under. For more information, call 206-543-5590 or visit online at www.washington.edu/burkemuseum.