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The dinos are coming!

January 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

This March, dig into dinos with the Burke Museum! Find out how tiny microsfossils can open up the world of giant dinosaurs at a free public lecture with paleontologist Dr. Matthew Carrano. View the latest work on the recently-discovered T. rex, with its lower jaw fossil on display for the first time. See this along with hundreds of other prehistoric plants and animals at the Burke’s most popular annual event, now expanded to two days!

Dr. Matthew Carrano at the Research Casting International facility in Trenton, Ontario, with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History’s new T. rex skeleton. Photo courtesy Dr. Matthew Carrano

Dino Talk: Windows into the World of Giants
with Dr. Matthew CarranoFriday, March 10, 2017, 7 pm

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus


Pre-registration recommended at

Over the last two centuries, paleontologists have discovered more than 2,000 species of dinosaurs, and yet we have just begun to understand them as once-living organisms. Dinosaurs “ruled the Earth,” but what did they really do in their ecosystems? How different was the world of dinosaurs from our own? The answers come in surprisingly small packages, but paint a vibrant picture of the Mesozoic world. Find out more at a free lecture hosted by the Burke Museum with Dr. Matthew Carrano, curator of Dinosauria at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. He will discuss how tiny vertebrate fossils reveal a trove of information, from large-scale evolutionary patterns of dinosaurs, to how dinosaurs varied across landscapes and changed over time.

Lecture sponsored by Nathan Myhrvold and Rosemarie Havranek.

A visitor examines a dinosaur skull at a previous Dino Day. Photo by Lora Shinn

Dino Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, March 11 & 12, 2017
10 am – 5 pm both days
Burke Museum
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members and UW Staff, Students, and Faculty with UW ID
Online tickets available at
See hundreds of exciting prehistoric specimens and creatures from the Burke’s collection! Meet paleontologists and talk to them about their groundbreaking research from all around the world.
Additional activities:

  • Watch scientists prepare the rib bones of the recently-discovered “Tufts-Love” T. rex
  • See part of the lower jaw (with teeth!) from the “Tufts-Love” T. rex on display for the first time
  • Find out more about the rise of dinosaurs in North America with early dino ancestors, also on display for the first time
  • Crack open fossils to take home with the Stonerose Interpretive Center
  • Uncover a prehistoric creature in our Fossil Dig Pit
  • Dress up in dino-gear and give your best roar
  • Draw your own dinosaur or have a professional illustrator draw one for you
  • Picture yourself in Jurassic Park! Take your photo next to a replica of the Jeep Wrangler used in the movie, provided by Jurassic Park Jeeps.

Ensure your spot for this popular event! Purchase your timed, pre-sale tickets to Dino Weekend today at

Visitors can see the lower jaw (with teeth) from the newly-discovered “Tufts-Love” T. rex for the first time at the Burke’s annual Dino Weekend, March 11-12. Photo courtesy Burke Museum

Burke members receive free, priority admission, including a members-only hour at 9 am on Saturday, March 11. Not a member? Join today at

Dino Weekend is presented in partnership with the Northwest Paleontological Association and the Stonerose Interpretive Center of Republic, WA.