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Talk: Dinosaur Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin

August 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Jason Schein in the field, overlooking the landscape of the Bighorn Basin. Courtesy photograph.

Dinosaur Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin

By Jason Schein

August 3, 2023
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for our August Lunchtime Expedition, Dinosaur Paleontology in the Bighorn Basin, presented by Jason Schein.

The in-person talk takes place in the Center’s Coe Auditorium, with a virtual option available.

If you prefer to join us online, you may register in advance via Zoom webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q1dXhXn4RnCNfM6wF6L4Hw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.

About the presentation

Jason Schein in the field, posing with a tibia from Dreadnaughtus in Patagonian Argentina. Courtesy photo.
Jason Schein in the field, posing with a tibia from Dreadnaughtus in Patagonian Argentina. Courtesy photo.

Everyone knows there are fossils to be found in the West—especially Wyoming—but what sets the Bighorn Basin apart? What connection do fossils from this region have to the Founding Fathers and the history of paleontology in the New World? What is it that first drew scientists here in the 1800s, and what keeps them flocking to this region from around the world even today?

Elevation Science Institute is just one of many groups trying to learn about a future, warmer Earth by visiting the Bighorn Basin and studying its ancient inhabitants and environments—albeit, with our own brand of citizen science. Each summer, students, retirees, writers, teachers, bankers, and doctors from around the world join us to help us find and excavate 150 million-year-old dinosaurs. Join Paleontologist Jason Schein for this talk and learn about the history and adventure of paleontology in our region.

About the speaker

Paleontologist Jason Schein in the field, sitting next to excavations.
Paleontologist Jason Schein. Courtesy photo.

Jason Schein founded the Elevation Science Institute (formerly known as the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute) in 2017. The organization has thrived under his leadership ever since. In his extensive professional experience, including ten years as Assistant Curator of Natural History at the New Jersey State Museum, Schein has developed a diverse slate of engaging educational programming in the fields of natural history, geology, and paleontology for audiences of all ages, specializing in creating unique, hands-on projects to help people experience the power of science.

Schein’s scientific research projects have led him across the globe, from Alabama to Montana and even to Argentinian Patagonia, to study an array of fascinating creatures, including modern echinoderms, ancient foraminifera, fish and turtles, mosasaurs, and of course dinosaurs! Jason’s love of our planet’s history continually leads him to explore a vast range of subjects, including Mesozoic (primarily Jurassic and Cretaceous) vertebrate marine and terrestrial faunas, paleoecology, paleobiogeography, faunistics, taphonomy, biostratigraphy, functional morphology, sedimentology, and general natural history.

When he isn’t working, Schein can be found Jason exploring his current city, Philadelphia, or hiking, hunting, fishing, and generally sharing his love of the natural world with his family.

Upcoming Lunchtime Expeditions

• The series continues on the first Thursday of each month.

Support for the Draper’s Lunchtime Expedition series has been made possible by Sage Creek Ranch and the Nancy-Carroll Draper Charitable Foundation.


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