Tri-State Museum hosts dino brunch program

2013-07-29T03:30:00Z 2013-07-29T22:22:29Z Tri-State Museum hosts dino brunch programMilo Dailey Butte County Post staff Rapid City Journal

The Tri-State area's own working paleontologist will offer news about the Tyrannosaurus Rex and other dinosaurs that once grazed and stalked prey in the Belle Fourche and Tri-State Area at the Tri-State Museum's First Saturday Brunch beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3

The brunch is free to members of the Friends of the Museum and is $5 for others.

Stein's presentation is at no charge.

Walter "Bill" Stein of PaleoAdventures will tell about some of the latest findings about ranging from the big Tyrannosaurus Rex to other species that have been discovered in the area.

Stein is a former interim director and board member for the museum, and is responsible for much of the museum's dino and fossil exhibit. The museum's fossil collection reaches far into the pre-history of the Belle Fourche area when much of it was sea or seashore environment.

He also designed dinosaur exhibits at the Belle Fourche Tri-State Museum including a 'brontosaur' found near Belle Fourche.

At PaleoAdventures just outside Belle Fourche, Stein not only has a headquarters for his commercial paleontology operation, but also a teaching program that takes individuals and families along on "digs" to see how to identify fossils, remove them from surrounding rock, and then figure what kind of critter once walked the earth.

He said the fact that the area quickly was identified as a potential major area to find dinosaur fossils put it into the history books that cover paleontology. So dinosaurs became as much a part of Belle Fourche history as teamsters and stage coaches.

Stein said that paleontologists have been roaming the area in relatively recent history not just to find fossilized bones, but also to learn more about dinosaurs.

Stein also has been the editor of the first journal of paleontology to cover science discovered by the commercial paleontologist - such as his own finds in the Belle Fourche area and those of Pete Larson of the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research who discovered "Sue," the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found.

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