March 4 @ 9:00 am - March 5 @ 5:00 pm
Registration is now OPEN!
Celebrate 19 years of Fossils & Dinosaurs at Burpee Museum’s PaleoFest. Engage in make and take workshops, explore in hands-on paleo stations, venture through unique exhibits and learn with WORLD renowned Paleontologist! Fossil Fun for the whole Family!
Robert Moore & Nancy Engelhardt-Moore
Dr. Chris and Krissy Vittore
Rockford Park District
PaleoFest Keynote: Mixer ($10) from 5:00-6:15pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm, Keynote at 7:30pm
Onsite at Burpee Museum of Natural History
PaleoFest Keynote Speaker:
Matthew C. Lamanna Ph.D., Carnegie Museum of Natural History
From Egypt to Antarctica: Discovering Extraordinary New Dinosaurs in the Southern Continents
Roughly 150 million years ago, during the middle of the Mesozoic Era (the ‘Age of Dinosaurs’), the all-encompassing supercontinent of Pangaea split into a northern half, called Laurasia, and a southern half, called Gondwana. Gondwana itself ultimately separated into all the major Southern Hemisphere landmasses we know today—South America, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica—with several important events in this process occurring during the Cretaceous Period, the third and final time period of the Mesozoic. Whereas Laurasian Cretaceous dinosaurs have become relatively well known—exemplified by animals such as T. rex, Triceratops, and Velociraptor—scientific understanding of their Gondwanan counterparts remains more limited. In this presentation, Dr. Lamanna will provide an overview of his research groups’ nearly two decades of expeditions to Cretaceous sites in Argentina, Egypt, Australia, and Antarctica, and the many new Gondwanan dinosaur species that these teams have uncovered. Among these are bizarre new predatory dinosaurs, ancient birds, and multiple sauropods (long-necked plant-eaters), several of which rank among the largest land-living creatures yet discovered. Lamanna will explain the significance of these finds for our knowledge of Gondwanan dinosaurs, and how continental breakup played a crucial role in the evolution of some of the most extraordinary animals of all time.
Matt Lamanna is a paleontologist and the principal dinosaur researcher at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. He received his B.Sc. from Hobart College in 1997 and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and 2004, respectively. Within the past 18 years, he has directed or co-directed field expeditions to Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, China, Egypt, and Greenland that have resulted in the discovery of multiple new species of dinosaurs and other Cretaceous-aged animals. Lamanna and colleagues’ most significant finds include the gigantic titanosaurian sauropods (long-necked plant-eating dinosaurs) Dreadnoughtus, Notocolossus, and Paralititan. He also led the study of the bizarre bird-like dinosaur Anzu, better known as the ‘Chicken from Hell,’ and co-discovered dozens of beautifully-preserved fossils of the 120 million-year-old bird Gansus in China. Most recently, Lamanna and collaborators named Sarmientosaurus, a titanosaur that is represented by the best-preserved skull yet discovered for this diverse and abundant dinosaur group. Lamanna served as chief scientific advisor to Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s $36M dinosaur exhibition, Dinosaurs in Their Time, and has appeared on television programs for PBS (NOVA), the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, A&E, the Science Channel, and more.
PaleoFest Speaker Schedule:
Saturday, March 4th
9:30 AM Thomas Clements, University of Leicester
Seeing Into the Carboniferous: How the Tully Monster Saw Illinois 300 Million Years Ago
10:00 AM Julia McHugh Ph.D., Dinosaur Journey Museum
How to Survive an Apocalypse: Amphibians and the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction
10:30 AM BREAK
11:00 AM Susan Drymala, North Carolina State University
Before Tigers or T.rex: Terrestrial Predators in the Triassic
11:30 AM Joe Peterson Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry: A Re-evaluation of a Dinosaur Death Pit
12:00-1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 PM Karen Poole Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Iguanodontian Dinosaurs: More Diverse Than Just Spiked Thumbs
2:00 PM Rex Hanger Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Cretaceous Reef Paleocommunities in Central Texas
2:30 PM Eric Snively Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
T.rex, with Lasers: Evolution of Agility and Hunting Style in Large Carnivorous Dinosaurs
3:00 PM BREAK
3:30 PM Eugenia Gold Ph.D., Stony Brook University
Captain’s Log: The Hunt for Dinosaurs Around the World
4:00 PM Thomas Holtz Ph.D., University of Maryland
The Race is to the Swift: Evolutionary Patterns of Locomotion in the Carnivorous Dinosaurs
4:30 PM MIXER ($10, includes one drink; provides the only access to the Museum between 5:00 and 6:15pm)
Sunday, March 5th
9:30 AM Sarah Boessenecker, Mace Brown Museum
Skeletons in the Closet: Curatorial and Collections Management Problems in a Small Museum Setting
10:00 AM Maria Antonieta Lorente Ph.D., Reservoir Laboratories, Houston
How Paleontology Helps Us Understand the Massive Death Event that Occurred at the Burpee Ninja Turtle Quarry
10:30 AM BREAK
11:00 AM Victoria Arbour Ph.D., University of Toronto
How the Ankylosaur Got its Tail Club and Other Stories of Animal Weaponry
11:30 AM Peter Makovicky Ph.D., Field Museum
Dinosaurs at the Bottom of the World
12:00-1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 AM Katie Tremaine, Montana State University
A Rare Breed: Gender and Pregnancy in Tyrannosaurus Rex
2:00 PM John Scannella Ph.D., Museum of the Rockies
The Last Knights of the Cretaceous
2:30 PM David Grossnickle, University of Chicago
Was Mammalian Diversity and Disparity Suppressed During the Age of Dinosaurs?
3:00 PM BREAK
3:30 PM Mark Loewen Ph.D., University of Utah
Reef Communities of the Great Lakes of the Eocene Green River Formation
4:00 PM Allison Bormet, Indiana University
Using the Present to Envision the Past: Analyzing the Relationship Between Environmental Change and Ruminant
4:30 PM Bobby Boessenecker Ph.D., College of Charleston
The Early Evolution of Baleen Whales Chronicled by New Discoveries from New Zealand
SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES FOUND HERE.
*This Schedule is Subject to Change
Kids & Family Workshops:
11 AM – 12 PM The Infamous Tully Monster
Tullimonstrum gregarium is the Illinois State Fossil, only ever been found in the Mazon Creek Formation in Illinois. For years its classification in the Animal Kingdom has been a mystery, but breaking news from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom in 2016 may solve the riddle of the Tully Monster. Tully Monsters from Burpee Museum’s collections were part of this ground-breaking research. Kids will discover the earth-shaking news about this very rare fossil and have a hand at making their very own Tully Monster.
1:30 – 2:30 PM Homer & The Gang
Homer is Burpee Museum’s teenage Triceratops. For years, any specimen that was slightly different would be classified as a new species. Then, a question arose- where were the babies and the young? How can we know that Homer is Triceratops? In this workshop, kids will gain firsthand experience in the field of ontogeny – the study of how animals grow and change. They will discover the newest research as to how Triceratops and their ceratopsian cousins grew, and will model a clay Triceratops growth series.
11 AM – 12 PM T. rex Mysteries!
Meet the newest tyrannosaur discoveries from Asia. Get a firsthand look at these predators, including Dilong and Yutyrannus and their conspicuous feathers. If these tyrannosaurs had feathers, then what is the likelihood that T.rex (like Jane) had feathers? If they did have feathers, were they warm blooded? Join this workshop to solve these mysteries about T.rex for yourself, and make your very own tyrannosaur model.
1:30 – 2:30 PM The Weird Dinosaurs of Lost Gondwana
Kids will become familiar with new finds and learn the traits, abilities, interactions, and special attributes that made it possible for dinosaurs to survive in the world of ice and desert. These findings will expose an entire new world. The workshop will provide kids with an assortment of materials that will allow them to create their very own diorama based on the newest evidence from the Lost World of Gondwana.
$25 per workshop (includes child general admission), General Public children/$15 Burpee Members(includes child member admission)
*Recommended for ALL ages, Kids must be accompanied by an adult
*Accompanying adults pay only General Admission ($10)
PaleoFest Host Hotel:
Phone Number: 815.397.6222
Address: 7676 E. State St. Rockford, IL. 61108