dinofest themed image with the name of the event, dinofest, plus this year's subtitle "the extinction of dinosaurs"
DinoFest is returning this January! Dinosaurs were the dominant life forms on land for much of the Mesozoic Era, but those living on land went extinct 66 million years ago. What caused this extinction, did any dinosaurs survive, and what other forms of life were affected? Find out at this year's DinoFest, where we will explore the environments the last dinosaurs roamed, meet other inhabitants of their ecosystems, and discover what factors led to the Extinction 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 to the public, host community partners from the region's dinosaur research and educational communities, have hands-on activities to entertain guests of all ages, and welcome Utahceratops to the Museum's Canyon!
DinoFest is included with regular admission and free for Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students.
Our DinoFest 2020 speaker list has been confirmed. Click the speaker links below to learn more about their DinoFest topics and to read their bios.
- 12 p.m. — Julia Clarke, keynote, "Survivorship at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary"
- 1:30 p.m. — Ian Miller, "Correlated plant diversity and climate in North America across the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction"
- 2 p.m. — Cornelia Rasmussen, "The need for catastrophe – did the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs create a new habitat?"
- 2:30 p.m. — Antoine D. Bercovici, "The collapse of a green world"
- 3 p.m. — Tyler Faith, "The extinction of Africa’s megaherbivores: ancient hominin impacts or climate change?"
- 12 p.m. — Tyler Lyson, keynote, "Earth's Last Dinosaur Ecosystems"
- 1:30 p.m. — Paige Wilson, "Ferns, sycamores, and palm trees: which plants survived the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction?"
- 2 p.m. — Thomas Williamson, "The Cretaceous - Paleogene transition of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico"
- 2:30 p.m. — Keegan Melstrom, "For a while, crocodile: crocodylian endurance through mass extinctions"