Dinosaurs in Our Backyard
Join Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott when he presents a lecture, “Dinosaurs in Our Backyard,” on Sunday, January 9 at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands. This 2pm presentation is included in paid museum admission.
“Want to find a dinosaur? You’re in the right place!” said Scott. “North America is home to literally hundreds of thousands of dinosaur fossils. Many of the “classic” dinosaurs you’ve known about since childhood – Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Stegosaurus – were first discovered here in North America, and in life were native to this continent.”
“The early discoveries of these American fossils spawned the first dinosaur crazes that led to the enduring worldwide popularity of these animals today,” continued Scott. “Of course, none of these classic dinosaurs have been found in inland southern California, but don’t despair–there are still lots of dinosaurs about. After all, living birds are actually dinosaurs. So to find dinosaurs, all you have to do is look out your window. Dinosaurs are all around us!” Scott will explain what dinosaurs are, review the history of dinosaur discoveries in North America, explore why dinosaurs never really died out, and share behind-the-scenes stories about recent excavations of actual dinosaur fossils here in southern California.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from9am to 5pm. Admission is $8 (adult), $6 (military or senior), $5 (student) and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.