U of A Museum Assists with National Fossil Day Events

A National Fossil Day poster features a Shasta ground sloth (Nothrotheriops shastensis).
National Park Service

A National Fossil Day poster features a Shasta ground sloth (Nothrotheriops shastensis).

Take a walk through time with us!

On Oct. 16 and 17, the University of Arkansas Museum will help Northwest Arkansas celebrate National Fossil Day with two DINOmite events.

National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values. Oct. 13-19 is also Earth Sciences Week.

Kicking off the celebration on Oct. 16, the U of A Museum will be at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville from 5 to 7 p.m. Museum staff will share a selection of fossils for visitors to examine and touch. Most of the fossils that will be at the event were collected right here in Arkansas, including the State Dinosaur Arkansaurus fridayi. There will be more than just dinosaur specimens though. Expect to see a wide array of fossils, from plants to trilobites to turtles!

The Amazeum itself will start the celebrations earlier that day and host multiple fun fossil activities from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The U of A Museum will join that evening with a couple fun games as well, including one that explores how LiDAR technology works and how it has been used by paleontologists right here in Arkansas.

To continue celebrations, the U of A Museum will visit the Fayetteville Public Library from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17. This event will also feature a selection of fossils from the University Museum's collection and give interested guests the chance to speak with museum staff and hold a few fossils.


Laurel Lamb, curator
University of Arkansas Museum
479-575-4370, lalamb@uark.edu


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