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Murie Audubon General Meeting & Program

January 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Why Go All The Way To Alaska When We Have Dinosaurs All Over Wyoming?

While Wyoming is well known for its dinosaur fossils, they can be found in many other places around the world. One of the most geographically interesting places to find remains of dinosaurs is the North Slope of Alaska.

I had the opportunity to join an expedition to this area in the summer of 2018.

This talk will focus on the challenge of collecting dinosaur fossils 30 miles south of the Arctic Ocean, and what those fossils can tell us about ancient Alaska.” Jean-Pierre Cavigelli (JP) is prep lab manager, field trip organizer, and collections manager at the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College. As a biology major at the University of Chicago, JP also became interested in paleontology, although way too late to get a degree in it. This led him to a summer spent in Wyoming (mostly in the Big Horn Basin) in 1983 doing field work in search of small Cretaceous mammal teeth with a University of Wyoming team. JP fell in love with Wyoming but left for a five-year adventure in fun and poverty as a ski bum and whitewater rafting guide in Colorado and Australia. JP came back to Wyoming in 1990 to be part of a paleontology field crew at UW again. He stayed in Laramie, working off and on in paleontology for 14 years, doing field work, as well as a two-year post as the Collections Manager for UW’s Dept. of Geology and Geophysics. He also was a fossil outfitter, running Western Paleo Safaris for six years. For the past 20 years, JP has been doing freelance fossil preparation in his basement. He has had the good fortune of having been invited to join international paleontological expeditions to Mongolia, Niger, Tanzania, and North Dakota. In his 11 years at the Tate Museum he has led collecting trips all over the state to collect small and large fossils from Dee the Mammoth and Lee Rex, to microscopic mammal teeth and really old insects. When he is not involved with fossils JP enjoys birdwatching, traveling, and playing hockey.

JP married his beloved sweetie Becky Rothenberg in July 2016 on a ranch
north of Lusk.

Please join us on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7 pm at the Izaak Walton
Clubhouse at 4205 Fort Caspar Road for this program. As always, the
program is free and open to the public! See you there!
-Bruce Walgren


January 11, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Bruce Walgren


Izaak Walton League Clubhouse
4205 Fort Caspar Road
Casper, United States
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