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DinoFest 2022: In Living Color

Saturday, April 2, 2022 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, April 3, 2022 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center | 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

DinoFest 2022 has migrated to April 2 & 3

We are looking forward to hosting our sixth annual DinoFest at NHMU the weekend of April 2-3, 2022, when a world-class lineup of paleontologists will investigate Dinosaurs In Living Color!

See our speaker lineup and schedule below!

Have you ever wondered how scientists know what color dinosaurs were? Whether they were scaly or fluffy? Find out how we know these things at this year’s DinoFest, where we will explore the colorful details of what dinosaurs and their world looked like!

Once again DinoFest will play host to leading paleontologists from around the world, who will present groundbreaking keynote and DinoBite talks and interact with attendees. DinoFest guests will enjoy special access to the Paleo Prep Lab and Paleontology Collections to get up close with incredible fossils, and we'll also have community partners on site from the region's many dinosaur research and educational communities.

DinoFest is included with regular admission and free for Museum Members and University of Utah faculty, staff, and students. Click the button below to reserve your tickets for the festival on April 2 or 3.

Reserve tickets

If you’re not able to attend in person, we do have a limited number of spaces available to view a livestream of each lecture online. Click here to register.

This year's theme was inspired by our upcoming special exhibition, The Nature of Color, which opens to the public February 26, 2022.

Read more about the Covid precautions we're taking for this event.

DinoFest Speaker Lineup

Click the speaker names below to read more about their research and upcoming DinoFest presentations. The schedue below is subject to change due to the migration from January to April. 

  • SATURDAY, April 2
  • Dr. Mark Loewen (Keynote) — 1–1:55 p.m. — Dinosaurs in the flesh
  • Dr. Maria McNamara — 2:05–2:30 p.m. — Fossil color: the study of the original coloration of ancient organisms
  • Dr. Zhe-Xi Luo — 2:40–3:05 p.m. — Furs, spines, and scales: fossil evidence for the earliest evolution of mammalian skin structure in the Mesozoic
  • Sara Oser — 3:15–3:40 p.m. — Fossil eggs and eggshell at the Grand Staircase
  • Dr. Gussie Maccracken — 3:50–4:15 p.m. — Inconspicuous herbivores: reconstructing Late Cretaceous ecosystems using plant–insect associations
  • SUNDAY, April 3
  • Dr. Carole Gee (Keynote) — 1–1:55 p.m. — Color my world: ancient plants in living color
  • Dr. Jakob Vinther — 2:05–2:30 p.m. — How to recontruct the colors of dinosaurs
  • Dr. Caitlin Colleary — 2:40–3:05 p.m. — From death to discovery: the life of a fossil in the rock record
  • Andrew R. C. Milner — 3:15–3:40 p.m. — What dinosaur tracks and traces tell us about how they lived
  • Dr. Jasmina Wiemann — 3:50–4:15 p.m. — A colorful journey through the evolution of non-avian and avian dinosaur eggs