February 05, 2007

It’s Dino Time

Posted by: Rebecca Durkin

What would a natural history museum be without dinosaurs? We’re digging out our fiercest fossils for this year’s Dino Day, Sat., Feb. 10, 10 am – 4 pm.

The main event is watching Bruce Crowley, our fossil preparator, work on a Thunder Beast jawbone live in the galleries. Watch the painstaking process as he takes this fossil and breaks away the rock, dirt, and plaster to reveal the bone beneath. You can also meet other paleontologists, including Burke Blog star Dr. Christian Sidor, whose field work in the most extreme places, from Antarctica to the Sahara Desert , gives him plenty of street cred in the world of fossil hunting.

Here’s a sketch of a Thunder Beast skeleton. Crowley will be working on a 40 million-year-old jawbone of this Brontothere, an extinct mammal and distant relative of rhinos and horses.

- Rebecca
Dino photo by Gabe Kean