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Posted on: February 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Dig Deeper into Dinosaurs with Colin Dunn

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Dig deeper into the world of New Mexico paleontology with experts from around the state at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Nature & Science on Saturday, February 22.

Colin Dunn, paleontologist for the Bureau of Land Management Prehistoric Trackways National Monument will present “Dig Deeper into Dinosaurs – Permian Fossils in Southern New Mexico”. The lecture is free, open to the public, and appropriate for all ages. 

 In the time before dinosaurs, southern New Mexico was on the shoreline of the Hueco Seaway on the western edge of the supercontinent Pangea, just north of the equator. The Permian Period of the Late Paleozoic Era was a time before grass, flowers, mammals, and birds. Instead, the land was dominated by large and small amphibians, reptiles, and stem-mammals that lurked in early conifer forests. In their shadow crawled numerous insects, arachnids, and arthropods. Learn about these creatures and how we know they existed here. Find out what happened to them at the end of the Permian Period.


Colin R. Dunn is the Monument Paleontologist for Prehistoric Trackways National Monument, managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Originally from Michigan, he has been with the BLM in Las Cruces for 3.5 years. He has a B.S. in Geology from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, and a M.S. is Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota.  He lives in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, with his wife and three cats.

The Museum of Nature & Science is located at 411 N. Main Street and is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The museum is accessible from RoadRUNNER Transit Route 1 Stop 36. For additional information, visit the website at: http://las-cruces.org/museums or call (575) 522-3120.

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