Featured Events Spotlight

July 19-23, 2017
Cheer on athletes ages 50+ as they compete in 30 different individual sports at facilities throughout the city and the University of New Mexico.
July 28-29, 2017
The Edgewood Arts and Music Festival is bringing you the best of bluegrass, Western Swing, Irish, Singer/Songwriter and other acoustic genres. Wildlife West's covered amphitheater and indoor venues provide shade and shelter, and plenty of seating. Enjoy workshops, contests, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visito...
July 22, 2017
"Come On, Let's Go" to Route 66 Summerfest in Historic Nob Hill! Join the City of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street, and the New Mexico Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 22 from 3-10 p.m. for the biggest Summerfest of the year. With the Mother Road Market featuring local artisans, local food trucks, the Old Route 66 Car Show, and free kids' activities this fre...
August 5-6, 2017
This antique event features over 200 dealers of fine art, antiques, Native American and Western art, rare books, ephemera, vintage guitars, old pawn, estate jewelry and more. It's the largest event of its kind in the Southwest and provides a great opportunity to shop and learn about the art of buying in the antiques and collectables markets. Better yet? Proc...
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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Event Details

Exhibition: Fossilworks

FossilWorks is a public display area in which trained volunteers demonstrate the painstaking process of paleontological preparation.

The first dinosaur fossil prepared in FossilWorks was Seismosaurus, a New Mexico native from the Jurassic Period (150 million years old). These bones are now on display in the Jurassic Hall.

Volunteer preparators must complete a special training course to work in FossilWorks, which was funded through an appropriation from the New Mexico State Legislature. Presently Fossilworks focuses on another Jurassic site, the Peterson quarry, located on BLM land in central New Mexico. A father-son team, the Petersons first discovered the site in the 1960s. Since 1989, they have led dozens of excavations at the site, pouring in thousands of volunteer hours to excavate almost 70 jackets containing dinosaur bones and teeth. The most dramatic specimen from the Peterson quarry is a partial skeleton of the giant (40 ft/12 m long theropod Saurophaganax. This partial skeleton was first prepared in Fossilworks and is now on display in the museum's Age of Supergiants (Jurassic) exhibit.

Besides the actual fossil preparation work, the exhibition features text and illustrations about fossilization, Jurassic Period dinosaurs, and preparation.