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Event Series Event Series: Paleo Pub Talks

Paleo Pub Talks

October 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$10 – $55

Dates: Thursdays, October 12, 19, 26, and November 2nd
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Montana Natural History Center

Cost per lecture: $10/MNHC members, $15/non-members
Cost for entire series: $35/MNHC members, $55/non-members

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Everything you wanted to know about dinosaurs in a four-part series! Join us for one, two, or all four fascinating conversations on dinosaurs with local paleontologist Jason Poole. Each ticket purchase comes with admission for one plus your choice of two alcoholic beverages. (Non-alcoholic options also provided.)

Jason C. Poole is the Field Crew Chief and resident paleo-artist at the Elevation Science Institute in Red Lodge, MT, and he has worn many other hats too: professor of paleontology, art teacher, and paleontology field instructor. With 25 years of experience in natural history education and public engagement, he is an avid public speaker and promoter of scientific literacy.

Jason has excavated dinosaurs on three continents, including Africa and North and South America. He has worked on several newly discovered dinosaurs, including Paralititan, Dreadnoughtus and Suuwassea. His art has been featured in numerous publications, including National Geographic, and appears in many museum and private collections. 

Jason resides in Missoula, Montana and can often be found sketching in the studio and in the great outdoors. 

October 12: Digging Up Dinosaurs on Three Continents
In this introductory talk, you’ll meet Jason and learn about his background in paleontology. Join him as he shares his experience and expertise excavating dinosaurs in Africa and North and South America. Each dig unearthed a new genus and species of massive dinosaur!

October 19: How I Spent My Summer
Jason returns with more fun excavating dinosaurs, this time focusing on his work in Montana, including a dig site you may have heard of. Our understanding of Montana’s fossil sites has grown as new specimens are uncovered every year. Get your Montana dinosaur questions answered in this fascinating dinosaur program!

October 26: Chalk Talk: What Is A Dinosaur?
Most folks know a dinosaur when they see one. But how do scientists decide what is and what is not a dinosaur? Before PowerPoint there were slides and before slides there was the chalkboard. The art of the chalk talk is brought to bear here in this low-tech, hi-fun presentation on what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur. 

November 2: Dead on Arrival: A Dinosaur Art Talk
Images of dinosaurs are everywhere today and yet nobody has ever seen one alive. So how do scientists and artists work together to put skin on bone? What sorts of dinosaur behaviors can be sleuthed out and represented on canvas? And what strange forces guided Jason to become a paleo-artist? Science meets art in this final talk of our series.


What’s the refund policy?

The course fee is refundable if a cancellation is made up to 7 days before the event. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline. In light of changes to programming due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will make exceptions to its normal refund policy. These exceptions are as follows:

Any programs cancelled by the Montana Natural History Center are eligible for a full refund.

In the event a program fee can be rolled over to a following cycle or year, that offer will be made available to the paying program participant, and a spot will be reserved for the participant.

If a program is cancelled by a participant due to reasonable health and safety concerns from exposure risk to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Montana Natural History Center will issue a full refund.

If any participant experiences major illness, injury, or loss of a family member prior to the start of a registered program the participant is eligible for a full refund.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Nope! We will have a list of all the attendees.


October 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $55
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