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National Fossil Day

The MSU Museum celebrates National Fossil Day on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1-4 p.m., an afternoon of fossil fun!

Activities Include:

  • Michigan fossil dig & sift
  • Junior Paleontologist hunt
  • Fossil molds to make and take
  • “Ask the Expert”: a paleontologist will be on hand to answer your fossil questions and to identify specimens
  • Fossil puzzle station
  • Fossil ID competition with prizes

New this year!
• Fossil AR: experience fossil creatures and environments through augmented reality
• Ancient Earth: see what your town looked like throughout Earth’s history
• Radiation Station: learn how scientists date their fossil finds
• Pterosaur Puppets: create your own pterosaur hand-puppet to take home
• And much more!

National Fossil Day Activities to Feature MSU Experts on the History of Life

  • Talk at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., “The Trouble with Trilobites,” presented by Dr. Danita Brandt, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Discuss life on Mars with Dr. Matt Schrenk, Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Learn how plant fossils help reconstruct past environments in North America since the last ice age with Dr. Catherine Yansa, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography

Special opportunity: A “fossils only” version of MESTA’s famous Rock Shop will be set up for educators to acquire invertebrate fossils for study in the classroom or at home.

In partnership with Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)

National Fossil Day (NFD) is a celebration organized by The National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

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