Dinosaur Center Services, Plans Topic of Talk

Jessica Lippincott shows slides during her presentation to Rotary. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Jessica Lippincott shows slides during her presentation to Rotary. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis and future plans for the facility was the focus of a talk at Friday's Rotary Club meeting.

Jessica Lippincott, who's the center's education director, said the work is still under way on fundraising for a proposed new museum. She said cost estimates for the building are between $40 and $50 million, and she talked about the proposed location.

She said the new location will be much better because it will be easier for people to find.

The Dinosaur Center was opened in 1995, two years after fossil hunters first noticed bones weathering out of the hills above Thermopolis. Since that time, according to a museum brochure available at Friday's meeting, over 130 identified dinosaur dig sites have been found in the Morrison Formation in the area.

Lippincott said the sites are only about two miles away from the existing museum. The fossils date from the Jurassic period, which was 208 to 145 million years ago. Lippincott said Wyoming is the original Jurassic Park.

She said the museum offers a number of different educational programs.

The museum also offers a Walk Through Time, in which visitors can follow the evolution of ancient life from the most primitive forms to the rise of the dinosaurs.

Exhibits in the Hall of Dinosaurs include the only Archaeopterex in North America and “Jimbo,” a Supersaurus, one of the largest dinosaurs ever mounted.

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Lippincott talks about services of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Lippincott talks about services of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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