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UCMP's Cal Day 2010 schedule of events

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The UC Museum of Paleontology's annual Cal Day open house was held on Saturday, April 17, 2010 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Check out an audio slide show of UCMP's 2009 Cal Day events.

Tours, displays and demonstrations took place throughout the day.

All UCMP events took place in and around the Valley Life Sciences building; locations are noted in the schedule below. Directions to campus and to the building.

9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30
Meet T. rex: Visit T. rex and Pteranodon, buy a museum t-shirt (new Triceratops design!), get your Science@Cal passports stamped, and get free tickets for tours of the UC Museum of Paleontology collections. (Wallace Atrium, 1st floor VLSB)
If You Build It They Will Come: New Construction Means New Fossils: Construction on the new Caldecott Tunnel bore and California's high-speed rail system may turn up new fossils. See what may be found, based on fossils recovered (1) during the building of the original tunnel, (2) along the proposed route of the rail system, and (3) from other local construction projects. Lupé (the San Jose mammoth) and the UCMP collaboration with the Children's Discovery Museum on a mammoth exhibit, will also be featured. (1101 VLSB)   If You Build It They Will Come: New Construction Means New Fossils (continued)
  Tours of the UCMP Collections: This is your chance to see the museum's extensive collections, normally closed to the public. Tours and tickets are limited. The free tickets, distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the t-shirt table (near the T. rex), go fast so come early! Tours leave at 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30. (Wallace Atrium, 1st floor VLSB)   Tours of the UCMP Collections (continued)
Tours leave at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00.
The Biodiversity Roadshow: Found a leaf, shell, insect, fossil, or vertebrate that needs identifying? Want to know how to preserve these natural items? Experts in botany, entomology, zoology, paleontology, and preservation will be on hand. Lots of specimens and live animals too! A Berkeley Natural History Museums collaboration, with support from the Department of Integrative Biology and UC Press. (VLSB courtyard)
Human Evolution and Everyday Life: See hominid fossils, learn about field work in Ethiopia, and talk to students and scientists about how our evolutionary history affects us in our day-to-day lives. (2nd floor VLSB, near the T. rex)
  Fun With Fossils: Experience the thrill of finding fossils of animals millions of years old in this hands-on activity. You may discover Cretaceous microfossils, gar scales, turtle shell … even dinosaur teeth! (3007 VLSB)   Fun With Fossils (continued)  
  Lecture:* Evolution's Big Bang: Explaining the Cambrian Explosion (2040 VLSB) ‹ The majority of animal body plans first appeared during the Cambrian "explosion." Professor and new UCMP Director Charles Marshall explores what the fossil record reveals, then how computer simulations have provided new insights into this unique event, an evolutionary dance between the genome and ecological interaction.
› Knowing when the Sierra Nevada reached its present elevation is important in positioning past atmospheric circulation patterns and barriers to migration. Paleobotanist Lenny Kouwenberg discusses how recent methods using plant fossils reveal that the northern Sierra Nevada have been near their present height for at least 50 million years. Lecture:* The Sierra Nevada: Old or New? Higher or Lower? What Fossil Plants Tell Us (2040 VLSB)  
› UCMP Assistant Director Mark Goodwin tells how recent discoveries of juvenile and baby skulls of Triceratops, one of the most familiar Cretaceous dinosaurs, have provided new information on the growth of Triceratops' horns and massive skull. Mark will also talk about how paleontologists hunt for and collect dinosaur bones in Montana. Lecture: The Life and Times of Triceratops (2040 VLSB)  

* Indicates lectures cosponsored by the Department of Integrative Biology.

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