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Science Un-Raptor: Dinosaurs Topic for Oct. 5 Science Unwrapped at USU

Monday, Oct. 01, 2012

USU Eastern paleontologist Ken Carpenter

'Indiana Jones of Bones': USU Eastern paleontologist Ken Carpenter is featured speaker for Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Science Learning Center auditorium. Admission is free.

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Inquiring minds of all ages are invited to this Friday's Science Unwrapped presentation 'The Latest and Greatest: The Science Behind Dinosaurs.’ Guests are invited to bring their ‘mystery’ rocks and fossils for identification by USU geologists.

What explains our fascination with dinosaurs? Is it their size? Or is it our endless curiosity with how these “terrible lizards” — a rough translation of the word “dinosaurs” coined by Sir Richard Owen in 1842 — ultimately met their demise?

At USU’s Science Unwrapped Friday, Oct. 5, featured speaker Ken Carpenter takes us on an exciting journey to unravel some of the mysteries of these ancient creatures. Known as Utah State’s “Indiana Jones of Bones,” Carpenter is curator of paleontology and director of USU Eastern Prehistoric Museum.  He presents “The Latest and Greatest: The Science Behind Dinosaurs” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center.

Hosted by USU’s College of Science, the event is free and open to all ages.

Hands-on learning activities and refreshments — T-Rex Tracks and Dinosaur Drool — follow Carpenter’s talk. Guests are invited to bring their “mystery” rocks and fossils for identification by USU geologists, along with their favorite dinosaur cartoons and drawings to post on the event’s “Dino-Wall.”

“We’ve looked forward to presenting an event about dinosaurs for a couple of years and we can’t wait to ‘tear into’ this topic,” says Shane Larson, Science Unwrapped committee chair and assistant professor in USU’s Department of Physics. “It will be an evening of exciting, prehistoric fun for everyone.”

The Oct. 5 event is the second presentation in Science Unwrapped’s fall 2012 “Nature’s Ancient Stories” series and a highlight of USU Science Week 2012.

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the Science Unwrapped website or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ page on Facebook.

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Contact: Shane Larson, 435-797-8838,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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