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Fossil Road Show


Saturday, March 03, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Location: MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

County: Hinds

For more information please contact the Visitor Information Specialist at 601-576-6000 or by email at info@mmns.state.ms.us .

Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries to get expert opinions about their ages and identities from our team of scientists!

In addition to the museum’s fossil collection, there will be collector displays and institutional exhibitors, hands-on activities, “fossil digs”, and a scavenger hunt. Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will meet requirements for the FRS patch.

So, go through your “rock boxes” and challenge our staff with your prehistoric oddities.

Fossil Collection: In addition to getting your fossils identified, explore the museum’s fossil collection. Highlights include: the teeth of some of the largest shark species that ever lived, a giant ground sloth, an articulated fossil horse foot, fossil corals, seashells, sand dollars, squid-like ammonites, and various other extinct organisms that once lived in Mississippi.

Fossil Education: Learn about tiny fossils from micropaleontologist Dr. Mark Puckett, see a fossil cleaning demonstration using pneumatic tools, and explore collector displays from school, agency, and organizational booths.

Fossil Fun: Younger visitors can dig for fossils, create fossil art, and participate in a fossil scavenger hunt! Painted Faces will be on hand with creative designs (face painting is in addition to museum admission). Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the FRS patch.

The event is included in the regular museum admission fee of $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 3-18, and $5 for senior citizens. Museum Members are FREE.

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