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.
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.
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.
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.
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