SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 16, 2020 – It’s DinoFest season at the Natural History Museum of Utah and the community is invited to explore all things dinosaur for two action-packed days on Saturday, Jan. 25 and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.
Areas of expertise
- Human Evolution
- Prehistoric Extinctions
- Human-environment interaction
- Paleoenvironmental change
Tyler Faith, P.h.D., is Curator of Archaeology at NHMU and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah. His research addresses the relationships between fossil mammal communities, environmental change, and human-environment interactions, with a geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
This foot and deadly sickle claw once belonged to Utahraptor, cousin to Velociraptor of Jurassic Park fame. Scientists believe Utahraptors used this hooked claw to slice open prey, causing death or serious injury. In the 1990’s, several bones from this ferocious predator were discovered near Arches National Park about the time the first Jurassic Park hit movie theaters.
June 15, 2015 – For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs eked out a living. The age-long absence of big plant-eaters at low latitudes is one of the great, unanswered questions about the rise of the dinosaurs.
Areas of Expertise
- Collections Management of over 50,000 Specimens
- Ceratopsian Dinosaur Metabolism and Growth
- Bone Histology
Carrie Levitt-Bussian manages the organization of more than 50,000 paleontology specimens, which include vertebrate, invertebrate and paleobotanical fossils.
A new species of horned dinosaur unearthed in Mexico has larger horns that any other species – up to 4 feet long – and has given scientists fresh insights into the ancient history of western North America, according to a research team led by paleontologists from the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah.