(CARTERSVILLE, Ga.) — Paleontologist and author Dr. Brent H. Breithaupt will discuss the adventures of his dinosaur fossil digs and the truth behind the dinosaur stories at the Tellus Science Museum on Friday.
Dr. Breithaupt is the former director and curator of the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, and now spends his time providing lectures and field research across America.
Co-author of Dinosaurs: The Science Behind the Stories (2002), Dr. Breithaupt will discuss the Apatosaurus, also known as the Brontosaurus, a 75-foot long dinosaur which roamed in the Midwestern region of the United States including Wyoming.
A full scale skeleton of a Brontosaurus stands at the ready inside the science museum — a prehistoric greeting located in the main atrium.
The lecture will comprise of discussions on how dinosaur fossils are found and removed for preservation; how the Apatosaurus lived and moved and it’s behavior with neighboring species.
Breithaupt will also answer the question, how do we know what we know about dinosaurs.
The lecture may tend to have a scientific tone with jargon unfamiliar to young minds. However, one young mind in the audience will be following along and understand every species discussed.
“Avery Rylander knows more about dinosaurs than anybody who goes on the fossil digs,” states Tellus’ Director of Marketing Joe Schulman. “She loves dinosaurs and more importantly she knows a lot about them, too.”
At the age of five, Avery will tell you that she wants to become a paleontologist just like her friend, Tellus volunteer Bill Montante, who she fondly refers to as Mr. Bill. Avery can recite most of the spices and inside facts about the prehistoric creatures better than most adults.
Young Avery will be on hand for the scientific lecture on Friday, poised to learn and likely to have a few questions for Dr. Breithaupt.
The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., however members and guests are urged to arrive at the auditorium early. Dr. Breithaupt is expected to speak for nearly one hour, and will then spend the next ten minutes answering questions from the audience.
Dr. Breithaupt will also be signing copies of his recent book, The Case of “Big Al” The Allosaurus following the lecture.
Ninty-five percent of a 26-foot long fossilized Allosaurus was discovered near Shell, Wyoming in 1991, and was aptly named “Big Al”. Breithaupt’s book details the dig and the people behind the historic discovery.
Following the lecture, Tellus’ museum exhibits and sky telescope will remain open until 10:00 p.m. The Cartersville science museum, located off I-75 at exit 293, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day and July 4th.
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