Dig deeper into the world of dinosaurs at
the 16th annual Dino Days on Dec. 27 and 28

WILMINGTON – Dig out your pith helmet and dust off your dungarees: Dino Days presented by Bank of America return to the Delaware Museum of Natural History on Saturday, December 27 and Sunday, December 28. This year’s festivities include paleontology experts, a fossil dig, face painting, live animals, and more.

Renowned paleontologist Peter Dodson, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania will share his research experiences and expertise in North American dinosaurs on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Professor Dodson has collaborated with researchers around the world in excavating and studying dinosaur fossils. He was the first to describe Avaceratops in 1986 and is an authority on Ceratopsians.

The Museum’s resident scientists Jean Woods, Ph.D., and Liz Shea, Ph.D., will explain the prehistoric birds and sea creatures that lived in our area millions of years ago on Saturday and Sunday.

Children can bring their favorite fossils from home and ask “Mr. Fossil” what he knows about their specimens. At the Fossil Dig, visitors can uncover a Maiasaura skeleton and search for a real fossil to take home. Live reptiles from the Philadelphia Zoo let visitors compare the animals’ similarities and differences to dinosaurs.

Elsewhere in the Museum, visitors can explore “Modern Dinosaurs” and touch live chicks while learning about the relationship between dinosaurs and modern birds. Other Dino Days favorites available only on these two days are professional face painting, “Dino Photos” in front of a prehistoric backdrop, a “Living Fossils” scavenger hunt, and a dino crayon rubbing craft to take home. Dino Days are presented by Bank of America, with additional support from Weymouth & Smith Insurance, Inc.

WHAT:  Dino Days, presented by Bank of America, featuring a fossil dig, professional face painting, live animals, dinosaur experts, crafts, and more at this annual dinosaur extravaganza.

WHERE:  Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE

DATE:  Saturday, Dec. 27 and Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008
TIME:  9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

ADMISSION: $8 for adults, $7 for children (3-17), $6 for seniors, free for children 2 and
younger. Discounts for museum members.

MORE INFO: Visit www.delmnh.org or call (302) 658-9111.

About the Delaware Museum of Natural History
As the only natural history museum in Delaware, DMNH opened its doors in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. The museum houses the state's only permanent dinosaur display, surrounded by exhibits of mammals, shells, and other specimens from around the world. DMNH houses world-renowned scientific collections of mollusks and birds, including the second largest collection of birds' eggs in North America. For more information, call 302-658-9111 or visit www.delmnh.org.

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