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April 27-29, 2017
North America's largest pow wow and Native American competition featuring Indian singing and dancing with more than 3,000 participants, isles of shopping, and native foods and music.
April 29, 2017
Join the City of Albuquerque and The Barony of al-Barran, members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, for the third annual Albuquerque Renaissance Faire! Enjoy live entertainment, Faire food, drink & a Royal Feast, Children's Realm, Living History & demonstrations, unique shopping, and equestrian jousting.
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.
Every Tuesday-Sunday 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Experience Albuquerque's top attractions...in style! Spend a day exploring with the Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory (AT&SF) Best of ABQ City Tour. Join us on a uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley for a hop-on, hop-off guided tour experience. We'll take care of your transportation needs between Old Town, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Museum Row,...
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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.