Programs & Events

Fossil Fair 2014

Program Number: 
None
Program Type: 
Event
Date: 
Nov. 15, 2014 | Saturday, 9:00am
Multiple Times: 
9am–5pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences
Fee: 
Free except as noted

Got dino fever? Fossil Fair, the nation’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.

Dr. Lacovara with Dreadnoughtus femur. Photo by Ron Clark, courtesy of Ken LacovaraFEATURING SPECIAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER DR. KENNETH LACOVARA

Dreadnoughtus: A Super Massive Gigantic Dinosaur from Patagonia

Weighing 130,000 pounds and spanning some 85 feet from head to tail, the sauropod dinosaur Dreadnoughtus is one of the largest land animals to have walked the planet. It took five grueling field seasons in the steppes of Patagonia to excavate the giant beast. Apart from the head, over 70% of the bones were recovered, making it the most complete supermassive sauropod ever found. Join Dr. Lacovara for a fascinating look at the anatomy and biomechanics of his amazing discovery!

SECU Daily Planet Theater, 1:30pm
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara
Drexel University 

Dr. Lacovara beside the “discovery piece” of Dreadnoughtus schrani, a femur that is more than six feet tall. Lacovara noticed a small piece of this fossil at the beginning of the 2005 field season. The rest of the articulated skeleton was excavated from 2005 through 2009.  (Photo by Robert Clark, courtesy of Kenneth Lacovara.)

Prehistoric Planet 3D movie posterMovies in the WRAL 3D Theater (fee)

10am - Prehistoric Planet 3D
11am - Dinosaurs Alive! 3D
noon - Prehistoric Planet 3D
2pm - Prehistoric Planet 3D
3pm - Titans of the Ice Age 3D
4pm - Prehistoric Planet 3D 

Presentations in Windows on the World

Ancient Animals

11:30am
Sunny Allen, Museum Educator
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Secrets of a Civil War Submarine:  Applied Paleontology and Geoarchaeology

12:30pm
Dr. Scott Hippensteel, Associate Professor of Earth Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Ages 12 & up 

Ancient Animals

1:30pm
Sunny Allen, Museum Educator
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Ancient Animals

2:30pm
Sunny Allen, Museum Educator
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Presentations in the SECU Daily Planet Theater

Andy Heckert with AntarctosaurusDinosaur Record Holders—The Science of Size

10:30am
Dr. Andy Heckert
Department of Geology

Rhinorex: One Nosy Dinosaur

11:30am
Dr. Bucky Gates
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Paleontology: Dinosaurs and Fossils Meet CT Technology

12:30pm
Lisa Schultz RT (R)(CT)(M) CT Senior Clinical Education Specialist
Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

Keynote speaker: Dreadnoughtus: A Super Massive Gigantic Dinosaur from Patagonia

Kenneth Lacovara with some of the 234 plaster jackets containing the bones of Dreadnoughtus schrani.

Weighing 130,000 pounds and spanning some 85 feet from head to tail, the sauropod dinosaur Dreadnoughtus is one of the largest land animals to have walked the planet. It took five grueling field seasons in the steppes of Patagonia to excavate the giant beast. Apart from the head, over 70% of the bones were recovered, making it the most complete supermassive sauropod ever found. Join Dr. Lacovara for a fascinating look at the anatomy and biomechanics of his amazing discovery!

1:30pm
Dr. Kenneth Lacovara
Drexel University 

Photo: Kenneth Lacovara with some of the 234 plaster jackets containing the bones of Dreadnoughtus schrani. (Courtesy of Dr. Lacovara.)

Lisa Herzog in the fieldDinosaur Discoveries

2:30pm
Lisa Herzog
Chief Preparator, Paleontology & Geology Lab
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Ashes to Ashes: Interning at Ashfall Fossil Beds

3:30pm
Emily Bruff 

Displays

Fossil Dig
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dino Excavations
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Fossil Shark Detectives
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

North Carolina Fossil Club Membership Table
NC Fossil Club

Fossils of the Southeast and Authors' Fossil Book
Paul Borodin and Gerard Case

Fabulous Fossils
NC Fossil Club

Fossil Primates: Lemurs and Beyond
Duke Lemur Center

The Dinosaur Hunters
NC Fossil Club

NC Quarry Fossils
NC Fossil Club

Make Your Own Dino Feet! Kids’ Craft
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Daring Dino Mask Kids’ Craft
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Fossil Fish and Rays
NC Fossil Club

Sharks ‘n Shells
NC Fossil Club

Surf, Quarry, Badland Stuff
NC Fossil Club

Mini Fossils and Gastropods and Puzzles
NC Fossil Club

Fossil Cephalopods
Paleontology Unit, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Fossil Puzzles
Paleontology Unit, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

The Triassic World
Paleontology Unit, NC Museum of Natural Sciences

NC Ediacaran and SC Fossils
NC Fossil Club

Stone and Bones Sciences
NC Fossil Club

Fossils of the East Coast
NC Fossil Club

Fossil Wood and Foliage
NC Fossil Club

Paleontology at Appalachian State University
Department of Geology, ASU

Dinosaur Painting Demo
Stacy Lewis Studio

C. megalodon! North Carolina’s State Fossil
Aurora Fossil Museum

They Could Be Dinosaurs
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinosaur Playground Children’s Activity Area
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Dinosaurs and More
NC Fossil Club

Fossil Display from Shiele Museum
Shiele Museum of Natural History

Fossils of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, UK
NC Fossil Club

Fossil Wood Facts
NC State University and NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Look Who’s Hatching! Kids’ Craft
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Insects, Arachnids, Horseshoe Crabs & Other Ancient Arthropods
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Arthropod Zoo

Make Your Own Dino Buttons!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Terrific Dino Tattoos
NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Anatomy of a Planet
Educator Ron Monti 

Fossil Collecting in NC
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Field Associate

The Heroic Zoic Quest
Which came first? Brachylophosaurus or Bald Cypress?  Test your fossil knowledge at the Heroic Zoic Quest!
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Naturalist Center

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In partnership with the NC Fossil Club.