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!
Keynote speakers will include:
Saturday, January 26 at noon: Hans-Dieter Sues, Senior Scientist and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution — The Beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs in Central Europe
Sunday, January 27 at noon: Jessica Whiteside, Associate Professor of Geochemistry at University of Southampton — Climate Catastrophe at Dawn of Age of Dinosaurs: Insights from Ancient Molecular Clues
DinoBite Speakers will include:
Saturday, January 26 -
- 1:30 p.m. — Celina Suarez, Volcanos, the End-Triassic Extinction, and the Diversification of Dinosaurs: A Utah Prospective
- 2 p.m. — Michelle Stocker, The Triassic Did It First: Dinosaurs Converged on Earlier Reptile Body Plans
- 2:30 p.m. — Sarah Werning, Telling the Life Stories of the Earliest Dinosaurs (and their Friends)
- 3 p.m. — Ken Angielczyk, Incumbency, Extinction, and the Rise of Dinosaurs
- 3:30 p.m. — Sterling Nesbitt, Becoming 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 Ritterbush, Floating Fortresses of the Jurassic Seas
- 2:30 p.m. — Nathan Smith, Dinosaurs on Ice: Evolutionary Morphology and Biogeography of Early Jurassic Dinosaurs from Antarctica
- 3 p.m. — Adam Pritchard, The Rise of the Reptiles
- 3:30 p.m. — Randall Irmis, Temperature Elevated: The Hothouse World of Triassic Utah