Press Release

Monday, February 20, 2017


Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Museum to Host 14th Annual “Fossil Road Show” on Saturday, March 4th

Museum to Host 14th Annual "Fossil Road Show" on Saturday, March 4th

JACKSON- Pack up your fossils and hit the road! Bring your fossil discoveries to the 14th Annual Fossil Road Show on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at MDWFP's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. "Get expert opinions from our scientists about the ages and identities of your fossils," says George Phillips, Paleontology Curator. So, go through your 'rock boxes' and challenge us with your prehistoric oddities. Who knows what might turn up? At the event, visitors can explore the museum's fossil collection, including:

  • the teeth of various shark species - including some of the largest that ever lived,
  • a giant ground sloth - claws and all,
  • an articulated fossil horse foot,
  • fossil corals, seashells, and sand dollars,
  • squid-like ammonites, and various other extinct organisms that once lived in Mississippi.

In addition, Jun Ebersole of the McWane Science Center will discuss dinosaur discoveries in Alabama and Mississippi. Visitors will see collector displays and get information from school, agency, and organizational booths. Younger visitors will not want to miss the hands-on fossil activities, "fossil dig", and scavenger hunt! Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi will earn the FRS patch.

Visitors can also explore the "Titanoboa: Monster Snake" exhibition. From a Colombian coal mine 60 million years deep, scientists have uncovered remains of the largest snake in the world - 48 feet long and 2,500 pounds - Titanoboa cerrejonensis!Titanoboa: Monster Snakeis a collaboration of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the Smithsonian Channel.

The event and exhibition are included with regular museum admission. For details, call 601-576-6000 or visit http://www.mdwfp.com/museum. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/msnaturalscience or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MSScienceMuseum or on Instagram at www.instagram.com/MSScienceMuseum.

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