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CELEBRATE NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY OCT. 17 AT THE MSU MUSEUM

National Fossil Day The National Park Service and the American Geological Institute are partnering to host the third annual National Fossil Day on Oct. 17, 2012 during Earth Science Week. National Fossil Day is a celebration organized to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

 
At the MSU Museum, visitors can "cruise the fossil freeway!" "Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson" is a new exhibit that brings together the best of the MSU Museum’s fossil collection and the fossil-inspired artwork of celebrated artist Ray Troll to explore questions about evolution, extinction, and early life on Earth. Troll’s whimsical illustrations of imagined scenes from prehistoric times help bring to life real fossils of giant ammonites, killer pigs, saber-toothed cats, dinosaurs and more incredible fossils from the MSU Museum's paleontology collection. (“Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” was organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle, WA in collaboration with Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson. The exhibit at MSU is sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.)
 
Also on tap: learn what it's like to be a paleontologist working out in the field with the "Time Card." Junior paleontologists can find a fossil, identify its common name and its scientific name, describe what it looks like and sketch it, and detail where it was found. Hands-on fossils will be available 1-3 p.m. There are also a number of interactive learning games for everyone who digs dinos that explore animals, health, science, history and vocabulary: Meat-Eater and Plant-Eater Memory and Name-a-Saurus. 
 
The MSU Museum is the natural science and culture museum at Michigan State University and the state's first Smithsonian Instituton affiliate. The MSU Museum -- accredited by the American Association of Museums -- collects, preserves, studies and interprets cultural artifacts and natural science specimens, with collections numbering more than 1 million in four buildings on the MSU campus. One of the oldest museums in the Midwest, the MSU Museum is committed to education, exhibitions, research and the building and stewardship of collections that focus on Michigan and its relationship 
to the Great Lakes and the world beyond. 
 
Fossil Flowers
The MSU Museum features three floors of special collections and changing exhibits and is open seven days a week with admission by donation. Located at 409 W. Circle Drive, next to Beaumont Tower, the MSU Museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. Hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Visitor parking is available in front of the building and at metered spaces at the Grand River Ramp, one block away at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Charles Street. For more information, call (517) 355-2370 or see http://museum.msu.edu. 
 
Fossil Flowers by Ray Troll.