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The Dinosaur Times 
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September 2015
Issue 59
 
Celebrate Labor Day!

Hi Everyone,

Our 11th Critter Rescue Round-up was a terrific success! Thanks go out to all the great animal rescue and support groups that were here to share their information with our visitors. This year 33 animals were adopted to their new forever homes.
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Big news for RMDRC! We will be unveiling our newly completed ceratopsian skeleton on Sept.16th at 10:00AM. The skull of this animal has been on display in the dino hall for several months while the body was being worked on, now be among the first to see what ongoing research indicates is a completely new genus of dinosaur similar to the primitive Avaceratops and Nasutoceratops. This will be press event followed by a special presentation by the RMDRC curator Anthony Maltese. As always members admitted free.

SIGN UP NOW!  This fall we have a very special event on October 17th to cap off Earth Science Week! Geoscientist, Steve Veatch, will present a 4 hour class on Basic Paleontology. You must preregister for the 4 hour, private class which will include a tour of the museum through Steve’s eyes. The class is for ages 12 and older and class size is limited and will cost $20.00 plus museum admission on that day. Current members will receive free admission as usual but must pay for the class. See RMDRC.com for class details. Register by calling 719-686-1820X104 and talking to Deb.
FROM THE EDUCATION DESK
The kid’s are back in school and you just might have a little free time to do a few things you did not get a chance to do during the busy summmer. Why not come and see what is new at the museum, take a tour, walk leisurely through all the exhibits and visit our great gift shop for some unhurried early holiday shopping. Walk through our town, visit some of our shops, have a quiet lunch, collect your thoughts and RELAX! Woodland Park is absolutely gorgous this time of year and you deserve to do something for YOU!
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Scientists have discovered a new species of horned dinosaur based on fossils collected from a bone bed in southern Alberta, Canada. Wendiceratops pinhornensis was about 20 feet long and weighed more than a ton. It lived about 79 million years ago, making it one of the oldest known members of the family of large bodied horned dinosaurs that includes Triceratops. Dr. Michael Ryan and Dr. David Evans co-authored this study and both described the find.

Over 200 bones representing the remains of at least four dinosaurs (three adults and one juvenile) were collected. Its most distinctive feature is a series of forward curling hook-like horns along the margin of the wide, shield-like frill that projects from the back of its skull. The new find ranks among other recent discoveries in having some of the most spectacular skull ornamentation in the horned dinosaur group. Dr. David Evans says, “Wendiceratops helps us understand the early evolution of skull ornamentation in a group of dinosaurs characterized by their horned faces.” The wide frill is ringed by numerous curled horns, the nose had a large, upright horn, and it is likely there were horns over the eyes also. The number of frill projections and horns makes it one of the most striking horned dinosaurs ever found. Neck frills and horns were probably used to communicate with and intimidate other dinosaurs. They may have had pushing matches with their horns like antelopes and sheep of today. Although the complete shape of the nasal bone is unknown, it is clear that it was a upright nasal horncore. This represents the earliest documented occurrence of a tall nose horn in Ceratopsia.

The name means “Wendy’s horned-face” and celebrates Alberta fossil hunter Wendy Sloboda, who discovered the site in 2010. This is a well deserved honor for Ms. Sloboda, who has discovered hundreds of important fossils in the last 30 years, including several new species. Ms. Sloboda splits her time between fossil hunting and sports photography.
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FYI:
Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum  is scheduled for a Sept. 26, 2015 grand opening.  Canada’s newest world class museum will offer helicopter tours over one of the world’s most concentrated bone-bed sites. The 15 minute ride will showcase aerial views of the museum, Pipestone Creek and Wapiti River, and go through heavily wooded terrain to the mass grave site of dinosaurs buried millions of years ago. Spread across the size of a football field, two catastrophic floods millions of years ago created a mass grave where over 3000 bones have so far been recovered from an estimated hundreds of dinosaur herds. It is also the site that revealed the first co-occurrence of insects in amber and dinosaur fossils that inspired many Hollywood blockbusters. Numerous footprints and skin impressions have been discovered, indicating that multiple dinosaur species frequented the region, including unnamed carnivorous ones related to Velociraptors.

Geri Lebold
Eduacation Director
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Spend some time shopping at Prehistoric Paradise, the largest dinosaur store in the region for hundreds of unique gifts including real fossils, jewelry, games, books, stuffed dinosaurs, t-shirts and much more! A family membership makes a great gift that can be enjoyed for the entire year. If you have someone who’s difficult to buy for, a gift card is the perfect solution. Save yourself time and money by letting our staff gift wrap your purchases free of charge.
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Assorted insect bottle opener magnets
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Dino construction cement mixer
 
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Baby hanging pteranodon
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Dinosaur Resource Center
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Triebold Paleontology - In the Lab
The Dinosaur Resource Center’s “Dinosaur Nerds,” led by uber-nerd paleo twerp Jacob Jett, have launched a YouTube channel. Watch for a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on in the museum and our lab, including fossil reconstruction projects and our visitor experience guides’ hidden gems. Check out all the videos online at dinosaurnerds.com; subscribe to the channel to stay on top of what we’re up to.

Check out lab updates on our blog.  Click here!
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With all of the rain we have had, the aspens should be spectacular this fall and it’s the most beautiful time of year here in Woodland Park. Take a day to enjoy the autumn color and stop by the RMDRC. We look forward to seeing you soon.

JJ Triebold
President
 
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For our 6th Native American Day at the RMDRC, we will have the world famous Seven Falls Dancers returning to dance at 1:00pm and 2:30pm on the plaza in front of the museum.
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From 10:00am-3:30pm, the Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation’s Mark Johnson will be on hand with live wolves along with the Thelma and Flash Hedgehog Rescue. Several artists will have their work on exhibit and items such as fine art, jewelry, dream catchers, Navajo rugs and beadwork, service dog training, bath products and dinosaur and animal paintings and more may be purchased. Food will be available from NT Sliders and Lorenzo’s Navajo Tacos and Fry Bread booths. This has become an annual event for the RMDRC so come out for a fun day on the last official week-end of summer. See our website for the complete list of participants.
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The annual Cruise Above the Clouds Car Show will be held Sept. 12th in Woodland Park and Sept. 13th in Cripple Creek. Over 250 cars were here last year and the Cruise above the Clouds car club is expecting record numbers of cars to be entered again this year. This is your opportunity to enter 2 car shows in one week-end. There will be many activities as usual, come spend a week-end in the mountains enjoying the beauty of classic and custom vehicles. For details on this event visit www.cruiseabovetheclouds.com 
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The Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce will celebrate their annual Oktoberfest across the street from the RMDRC at the Ute Pass Cultural Center and outdoors at the Midland Pavilion on Sept.19th and 20th. They have lots of entertainment planned so get your lederhosen on and bring your accordion out to the green for some good German food, beer and music. See the WP Chamber website, www.woodlandparkchamber.com
for details on their event.
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September 17th-20th is the Denver Gem and Mineral Show held at the Merchandise Mart in Denver. This is a huge annual event featuring world class fossils, minerals and gems on display and for sale. The RMDRC will have activities set up in the children’s area along with Dinosaur Ridge and the Morrison Museum. If you love minerals and fossils this is your opportunity to see and purchase some of the best specimens available.

The staff of RMDRC will have a booth at other events around the area in September and October. We will be at the “What If Festival of Imagination and Innovation” in downtown Colorado Springs on September 19th and at Cool Science Festival at UCCS Oct.3rd. These are all great events for the family, come on out and stop by our booth and say hi.
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Mark your calendars for October 10th when the Dinosaur Resource Center will be hosting the Science Matters here as part of Earth Science Week. Watch for details of October events in next month’s newsletter.

Sat. October 24th will be our Halloween Show…”Spooky Tales” with Denise Gard and her dog Sienna. Show will start at 1:30pm. Be sure and dress in costume as prizes will be given for: Best Dinosaur costume, the Scariest costume, the Funniest costume and the Most Creative costume. There will be a parade through the museum right after the show. Don’t forget your camera! Treat Bags will be given to all children. Event runs from 1:30pm-3:00pm. Come and have a spooky good time!!!
 
Dinosaur Resource Center

201 S. Fairview St.
Woodland Park, CO 80863
(719) 686-1820
http://www.rmdrc.com/

Store Hours
Monday - Saturday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Closed - Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day

We have a marvelous world class museum here in Woodland Park. We feature an awe-inspiring display of dinosaurs, prehistoric marine reptiles, pterosaurs and fish of North America’s late Cretaceous period. Our gift store, Prehistoric Paradise is the regions largest dinosaur gift shop and is always free to visit.
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