UW News

February 26, 2009

Triceratops is star of this year’s Dino Day

This year, at the Burke Museum’s Dino Day, learn all about Triceratops: Where did it live? What did it eat? Who tried to eat it? See real Triceratops fossils, including horns and bones discovered by Burke Museum paleontologists last summer in Wyoming. Witness the bones emerge from the rock as a Burke scientist carefully cleans the fossil right in front of you. The annual event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 7 at the museum.

Dozens of other dinosaur fossils will share the spotlight with Triceratops. “This year, we are bringing out more from the Burke’s collection than ever before,” says Burke Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Christian Sidor. “Many of these fossils, such as the Triceratops horns, have never even been on view to the public and several were gathered on recent digs in Wyoming and Montana.”

Dino Day is full of other activities to keep families engaged and entertained. Crack open a rock with Stonerose Interpretive Center and take home whatever you find inside. Draw a dino with illustrator Mark Orsen. Dress up like a dinosaur. Join Burke educators, curators, and collection managers for fun activities that will teach you all about prehistoric vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, and minerals.

Dinosaur Day is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontology Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center. This event is included with admission to the museum. Admission to the Burke is free for faculty, staff and students.