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DinoFest 2019

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

A Stegosaurus tail with the title "DinoFest: the Origin of Dinosaurs"
DinoFest returns in 2019 when we'll examine the Origin of Dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs were the dominant life forms on land for much of the Mesozoic Era (250-66 million years ago), but that wasn’t always the case. How did they evolve from small, two-legged critters into hulking giants that were the largest animals ever to walk on land? Find out at DinoFest 2019, where we will explore the environments the earliest dinosaurs roamed, meet the competitors they faced, and discover what other factors led to the Origin of Dinosaurs!

Join us for a jam-packed weekend when we will fill the Museum with leading paleontologists from around the country, open both the Paleo Prep Lab and Paleontology Collections, host community partners from the region's dinosaur research and educational communities, have hands-on activities to entertain guests of all ages, plus special appearances from Utahceratops! 

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Keynote speakers will include:

DinoBite Speakers will include:

Saturday, January 26 -

  • 1:30 p.m. — Celina SuarezVolcanos, the End-Triassic Extinction, and the Diversification of Dinosaurs: A Utah Prospective
  • 2 p.m. — Michelle StockerThe Triassic Did It First: Dinosaurs Converged on Earlier Reptile Body Plans
  • 2:30 p.m. — Sarah WerningTelling the Life Stories of the Earliest Dinosaurs (and their Friends)
  • 3 p.m. — Ken AngielczykIncumbency, Extinction, and the Rise of Dinosaurs
  • 3:30 p.m. — Sterling NesbittBecoming a Dinosaur: New Fossils of Dinosaur Relatives Reshapes our Ideas of How We Identify Dinosaurs

Sunday, January 27 - 

  • 1:30 p.m. — Bill Parker,Triassic Park: The Paleontology of Petrified Forest National Park: Recent Finds of Early Dinosaurs and their Contemporaries
  • 2 p.m. — Kathleen RitterbushFloating Fortresses of the Jurassic Seas
  • 2:30 p.m. — Nathan SmithDinosaurs on Ice: Evolutionary Morphology and Biogeography of Early Jurassic Dinosaurs from Antarctica
  • 3 p.m. — Adam PritchardThe Rise of the Reptiles
  • 3:30 p.m. — Randall IrmisTemperature Elevated: The Hothouse World of Triassic Utah

DinoFest is included with regular admission and free for Museum Members.