Digging Up Dinosaurs: Behind the Scenes with CoAS at the Academy of Natural Sciences

February 21, 2011 — LacovaraOver the course of five expeditions to southern Patagonia, Dr. Ken Lacovara, along with teams of Drexel students, have discovered bones comprising the most complete, super-massive dinosaur in history. The fossils from these expeditions are housed in laboratories on Drexel's campus as well as at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

Drexel alumni and their families are invited to the Academy of Natural Sciences on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a behind-the-scenes look at this groundbreaking discovery, and a private discussion led by Dr. Lacovara. Alumni will learn firsthand what it was like to travel to the remote badlands of southern Patagonia, to uncover more than 60 tons of bones, and to transport this fragile cargo to the United States.

Before the discussion, attendees will enjoy a reception and private tours of the Fossil Prep Lab, led by manager Jason Poole. Children will have the opportunity to play a trivia game with Dr. Lacovara and to conduct their own fossil dig in the Museum's “The Big Dig” exhibit in Dinosaur Hall.

Dr. Lacovara is an associate professor of biology and director of Drexel's Paleontology and Geology Program. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Lacovara's work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, Time Magazine and National Geographic.

This event is co-sponsored by the Drexel Alumni Association.

Event Location

Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA
Area parking lots are available.

Event Pricing

Adults: $40, Children under 12: $15


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