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In addition to National Fosssil Day Activities on October 8, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area will celebrate Earth Science Week with special guest ranger talks Oct. 13 and 14. Therizinosaur discoverer Merle Graffam will be available at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page from 1:00pm until 3:30pm both days. Graffam, a Bureau of Land Management Park Ranger, discovered the toe bone in 2000 and assisted with the subsequent excavation. The remains of this land-living dinosaur were found buried deep in a layer of Tropic Shale, 60 miles from an ancient seashore. Come ask questions and learn more about this fantastic find! The Museum of Northern Arizona's Therizinosaur: Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur exhibit will remain on display through March 2012.
As a reminder, fossils preserved in the rocks of Glen Canyon NRA are evidence of the life and changes that occurred during the Mesozoic Era. The National Park Service preserves and protects these resources for future generations. Dinosaur tracks can be viewed at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center and the Wahweap District Ranger Office.
Please call 928-628-6404 or visit www.nps.gov/glca for more information about Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. For additional information on the fossils at Glen Canyon NRA, please visit www.nps.gov/glca/naturescience/mesozoicfossils.htm.
For information on the Junior Paleontologist Program and additional educational resources related to National Fossil Day, please visit http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/overview.cfm.