Take a giant step back in time at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Fossil Fair
RALEIGH — Got dino fever? Join us Saturday, November 16, 9am-5pm as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Fossil Fair. The state’s largest event dedicated to paleontology puts the latest science and breaking discoveries on display. Festivities abound with dozens of displays, activities and presentations by paleontologists from North Carolina and around the world. The event is free.
Discover what it’s like to be a paleontologist, experience the tools and techniques used to excavate fossils in the field, and be the first to learn about the Museum’s newest discoveries, as you meet the experts face to face. Talk with Curator of Paleontology Vince Schneider and see some of the 230-million-year-old reptiles he’s discovered in nearby Chatham County. Get introduced to residents of the Dinosaur Death Pit by Dr. Lindsay Zanno, Director of the Paleontology & Geology Research Lab. Meet Historian of Science Dr. Paul Brinkman, author of “The Second Jurassic Dinosaur Rush” and an expert in dinomania and the modern obsession with all things Jurassic. And don’t forget to visit our state-of-the-art fossil preparation lab in the Museum’s new wing — the Nature Research Center — where you get a behind-the-scenes pass with Chief Preparator Lisa Herzog to see new dinosaur fossils and learn about the cutting-edge scanning techniques used to study the biology of ancient life.
Watch artist Stacy Lewis create a watermedia painting of an Estemmenosuchus. Bring in your own discoveries for identification or uncover fossils to identify as you sift through a load of Aurora fossil sediment. Check out our “Ancient Animals” table with a live ball python, uromastyx lizard and an alligator. Learn about fossil plants of North Carolina and fossil sharks and shells with experts from North Carolina State University. Make your own dino-craft, watch a molding and casting demonstration, purchase replica fossils, and much more. Fossil Fair is presented in collaboration with the NC Fossil Club.