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Explore UT

Mark your calendar and JOIN US!

Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 11:00 am to 4:45 pm
Texas Memorial Museum - 2400 Trinity St. (2 blocks north of the UT stadium)

PARK FREE in the adjacent San Jacinto Parking Garage (SJG) - on San Jacinto Boulevard, just north of 24th Street (see attached map) -
and join us for a variety of FREE activities as part of UT-Austin's annual Explore UT event!

Booths

11:00 am–4:45 pm—Fossil Dig
Learn what it's like to be a paleontologist by searching for fossils in our dig pit. Find casts of fossils from animals that once roamed Texas including Paluxysaurus, the Texas State Dinosaur, and a Columbian mammoth.

11:00 am–4:45 pm—Walk Like a Dinosaur
See the Glen Rose dinosaur track way, actual dinosaur tracks made 112 million years ago. Take a stroll down our model of the famous footprints and learn about dinosaur behavior. Create a button to show your support to save Texas' dinosaur tracks.

11:00 am–4:45 pm—What Can You Find In Our Collections?
The rocks, fossils and other natural history specimens on exhibit at the museum are only a small part of the collections held by the Texas Natural Science Center. Learn how specimens are collected, protected and used for research and teaching.

11:00 am–4:45 pm—Fossil Identifications
Bring your fossil finds to the Paleo Lab for identification by our paleontologists. Learn about the science of paleontology, talk with paleontologists and see how fossils are properly prepared, catalogued and handled.

Talks

11:00–11:40 am—Dragons of the Deep: Marine Molluscs of Proto-Texas
100 million years ago, much of Texas was covered by the sea. Which molluscs roamed those seas? What did they eat? Were there colossal squids? Investigate the Texas Memorial Museum's fossil collection in search of molluscs and unravel their life stories.
Presenter: Dr. Ann Molineux

12:00–12:40 pm—Tracking Dinosaurs
An extraordinary 112 million year old set of dinosaur tracks is right here on campus. Come learn about the discovery of the Glen Rose dinosaur trackway and efforts to preserve this important piece of Texas history.
Presenter: Dr. Pamela Owen

1:00–1:40 pm—Reptiles and Amphibians of Central Texas
Did you know there are more than 70 species of reptiles and amphibians found in the Austin area? Learn about different reptiles and amphibians to be found in your backyard as well as those in surrounding creeks, rivers and hillsides of Central Texas.
Presenter: Dr. Travis LaDuc

2:00–2:40 pm—Meet a Fossil Preparator
See the "tools of the trade" and learn how fossils are cleaned, repaired and made ready for exhibit, research and teaching.
Presenter: Laura Naski

For more about Explore UT, visit: http://www.utexas.edu/events/exploreut/