Featured Events Spotlight

May 28, 2017
Enjoy dozens of great breweries, unlimited sampling & 3 great blues bands during Memorial Day weekend. Listen to great blues music and enjoy some of the greatest brews available with unlimited sampling and a souvenir tasting glass. General admission includes entrance to festival, unlimited sampling, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and o...
May 27-29, 2017
Bringing together wineries from around the state, food, arts and crafts vendors, and live music in a relaxed setting, the Albuquerque Wine Festival is the place to be Memorial weekend! Find the wines you like through sampling, purchase a glass to enjoy on site and buy bottles to take home to enjoy later. The New Mexico Wine Growers Association (NMWGA) will b...
Through August 27, 2017
From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Guest curated by American cultural historian Paul Andrew Hutton, this pop culture exhibit includes westerns, war movies, comedy, and science fiction. IMAGE Lobby card, Kit Carson, 1928 Paramount Pictures Offset lithograph Courtesy Paul A. Hut...
Through August 31, 2017
Come cheer on the Albuquerque Isotopes in their 2017 season. The Albuquerque Isotopes are the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.
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Curator’s Coffee: A New Understanding on Life in New Mexico during the Dawn of the Age of Mammals

Thomas Williamson, Ph.D. Curator of Paleontology, NMMNS The San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico has revealed important new information. Dating of rock strata spanning the Late Cretaceous and Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary indicates that the San Juan record is nearly complete – making it one of the few such places in the world where terrestrial vertebrate faunas that closely bracket the K-Pg boundary can be examined in detail. The San Juan Basin also contains one of the best records of mammal evolution during the early Paleocene, a time spanning the first few million years following the mass extinction (62 – 66 million years ago) that brought about the end of the Age of Reptiles. During this time, mammals become the dominant land animal. New discoveries of early Paleocene fossils and multidisciplinary research focused on the New Mexico record has led to new understanding on life in New Mexico during the Dawn of the Age of Mammals.

 Dr. Thomas Williamson received a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Massachusetts (1986) and M.S. in Geology (1989) and Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences (1993) from the University of New Mexico. He has been a Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science since 1994 and has been conducting research on Cretaceous and Paleogene terrestrial vertebrate communities of the San Juan Basin, New Mexico for 30 years. His research over the past 15 years has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and the Bureau of Land Management. Pre-registration required. Limit 15 participants. To guarantee your place, register online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/17643, go to www.NMnaturalhistory.org Questions: Jayne.aubele@state.nm.us or 505-841-2840