PAST EVENT / October 11, 2015: Fossils & Dinosaurs!

October 11, 2015: Fossils & Dinosaurs!

It’s all about fossils and dinosaurs! Spend an afternoon exploring ancient fossils and the stories of dinosaurs. Expert paleontologists will be on hand with fossil displays and presentations. Bring the family–interactive children’s activities and crafts also included: Dig for your own fossil souvenir! Help us name our mascotTyrannosaurus rex!

1:15 –  ”Our Dinosaurs” , by Dr.Peter M. Kranz, noted expert on Maryland’s dinosaurs, will speak about dinosaur fossil finds in Maryland, past and present. (see below for more information on Dr. Kranz)

2:30 – “Mega Sharks, Whales and other Fossils from Calvert Cliffs”, by Dr. Ralph Eshelman, former Director, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland and a specialist in vertebrate paleontology and paleo-environmental studies. He is widely published on the geology and paleontology of the mid-Atlantic region. (see below for more information on Dr. Eshelman)

Ongoing activities throughout the afternoon.  Drop in anytime:

View fossil displays

Child-friendly simulated fossil dig

Take a selfie with our Tyrannosaurus rex model and help us name it!

& more!



About Dr. Peter Kranz

Dr. Peter M. Kranz is a paleontologist and a noted expert on Maryland’s dinosaurs.

Kranz was born on Long Island, New York and began haunting the Dinosaur Hall of the American Museum of Natural History as soon as he could walk. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1972. He has worked with museums, universities, and scientists throughout the world. He has collected dinosaurs and fossils on every continent in the northern hemisphere.

Presently, Kranz’ time is occupied with various aspects of science education, including teaching at all levels from prekindergarten to graduate school, making video and audio products, building exhibits, doing television productions, writing, and appearing at the occasional dinosaur birthday party.

He manages the Dinosaur Fund, a not-for-profit organization to help raise money for dinosaur research in the National Capital (MD, VA, DC) Region.

His work involves ‘Dinosaur Park’ a unique site in Laurel, Maryland, which preserves a rare deposit of fossils from the early Cretaceous period, about 115 million years ago. From the bones and teeth of the Maryland State Dinosaur Astrodon johnstoni to the remains of early flowering plants, the fossils found at Dinosaur Park help scientists reconstruct our region’s ancient history.


About Dr. Ralph Eshelman

Dr. Ralph Eshelman held the position of Director, Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons, Maryland, from 1974 to 1990, and is a specialist in vertebrate paleontology and paleo- environmental studies.  He received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Michigan with a major in geology and vertebrate paleontology and a minor in ecology.  His earlier studies were at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Bachelors of Science in earth and space science and minor in zoology) and the University of Iowa (Master of Science in geology and vertebrate paleontology and minor in museum studies).

Ralph was a Research Associate in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution from 1975 until 2005.

Eshelman is widely published in and lectures on geology and paleontology as well as maritime and military history.  He has served as geologist and historian on expedition adventure ships to the Antarctic, Arctic, Norway, Svalbard, Iceland, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, Canadian Maritime Provinces, Great Lakes, Chile, Argentina, the Mediterranean, Japan, Azores, Canary Islands, and most of the major island groups of the South Pacific and south Atlantic.

Ralph has published numerous papers on geology and paleontology of the mid-Atlantic region including Maryland.  He currently has a paper in press on land mammalian fossils recovered from the Chesapeake Group of Maryland, to be published in the Journal of Vertebrate  Paleontology.