The Earth Science Museum at Brigham Young University has scheduled a variety of events to celebrate the Christmas holidays, including an exhibit titled "Duck-billed Dinosaurs - Skin Deep," bluegrass music, storytelling and more.
The museum's Christmas open house will be Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 4 p.m A special duck-billed dinosaur exhibit will display rare skin-impression fossils excavated this summer in the Book Cliffs near Thompson in eastern Utah. Massive blocks of heavy rock with skin impressions were airlifted by helicopter with the help of the Utah National Guard.Other fossil findings, including that of a jaw with rows upon rows of teeth, are typical of a hadrosaur or "duck-billed" Cretaceous dinosaur. Hadrosaurs are commonly called "duck-billed" because of their broad, ducklike beaks. The block of skin impressions represents the upper tail and high hip area with incredible detail of bumpy skin similar to the bumps on a basketball. One section also reveals the impression of the hadro-saur's tendons.
Karen Duffy, a schoolteacher from Brookside Elementary in Springville, will tell children's stories at 12:30 and 2 p.m. Fault Line, a local bluegrass band, will provide "backporch music," and the Earth Science Museum will offer children's work-shops throughout the after-noon.
Dinosaur rubbings and other children's art workshops will be available free of charge. The museum gift shop will sell all items at 10 percent to 25 percent off regular price. Proceeds go to support the museum. The sale will run through Dec. 17.
The BYU Earth Science Museum is located at 1683 N. Canyon Road directly west of the Cougar football stadium. Admission is free, but $1 donations are suggested for adults and 50 cents for children. Museum hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information call 378-3680.