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Local dinosaur in spotlight for annual Fossil Day at GoG Visitor Center Oct. 13

Theiophytalia kerri, the dinosaur unique to this region, is a popular exhibit at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, where Fossil Day will be held Oct. 13. This photo was taken during the inaugural event in 2015.
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Oct. 1, 2018
       The fourth annual Fossil Day at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center will again focus on dinosaurs and other prehistoric life Saturday, Oct. 13.
       The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       The Visitor Center is at 1805 N. 30th St.
       Featured will be presentations, information tables and activities, including the chance for people to bring in their own fossils and have them identified.
       Fossil Day is inspired by Theiophytalia kerri, a Cretaceous-era dinosaur whose remnants have been found only in the area of the Garden of the Gods.
       The Visitor Center started the event in 2015 at the request of the Western Interior Paleontology Society (WIPS), a nonprofit based in Denver that has a branch in this area. The timing is based on National Fossil Day (technically Oct. 14).
       The presentations, all in the center's Red Rocks Room, are scheduled as follows:
       - 11 a.m., “What's So Cool About Ammonites,” by Steve Miller.
       - 1 p.m., “Living Relatives,” by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (live animals).
       - 2 p.m., “Meet Theiophytalia Kerri, the Garden of the Gods Dinosaur,” by Jennifer Heiny.
       For more information, call 219-0108.

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