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Dinosaurs in Our Backyard at the Victor Valley Museum

3/11/2012 - Dinosaurs in Our Backyard at the Victor Valley Museum


Date: March 8, 2012

Release date: IMMEDIATELY


Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist • (909) 307-2669 ext. 278 •

Eric Scott, Curator of Paleontology • (909) 307-2669 ext. 241 •


Event date:       Sunday, March 11, 2012

Event place:      Apple Valley, CA


Dinosaurs in our Backyard at the Victor Valley Museum

Join Curator of Paleontology Eric Scott at the Victor Valley Museum on Sunday, March 11 for a 2:00 p.m. talk that will explain what dinosaurs are, review the history of dinosaur discoveries in North America, explore why dinosaurs never really died out, and share behind-the-scenes stories about recent excavations of actual dinosaur fossils here in southern California. The talk is free with paid museum admission.


Want to find a dinosaur? You’re in the right place! North America is home to literally hundreds of thousands of dinosaur fossils. Many of the “classic” dinosaurs you’ve known about since childhood—Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus—were first discovered here in North America, and in life were native to this continent. The early discoveries of these American fossils spawned the first dinosaur crazes that led to the enduring worldwide popularity of these animals today. 


Of course, none of these classic dinosaurs have been found in inland southern California, but don’t despair – there are still lots of dinosaurs about. After all, living birds are actually dinosaurs, so to find dinosaurs all you have to do is look out your window. Dinosaurs are all around us!


The Victor Valley Museum is at 11873 Apple Valley Road in Apple Valley. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 (adult), $4 (senior or military), and $2.50 (student). Children under 5 and San Bernardino County Museum Association members are free. Parking is free. For more information, visit The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is 909-307-2669 ext. 229 or (TDD) 909-792-1462.



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