By JANA RILEY
BB Staff Writer
Mississippi State's Department of Geosciences is hosting â€śFossil Extravaganza,â€ť an exhibition and tour of the Dunn-Seiler Museum.
The night of discovery will take place today from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 108 of Hilbun Hall.
â€śThere will be tours of the museum, activities for children, and free food,â€ť in addition to amazing fossils including a replica of Tyrannosaurus Rex
The Dunn Seiler Museum "houses mineral and rock collections, meteorites, and extensive fossil displays that facilitate viewer understanding of the 4.6 billion year history of our planet.
"Visitors can learn about mineral families and properties, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, mass extinctions and asteroids, karst, plate tectonics, and Mississippi's geology".
"The Dunn-Seiler displays a Triceratops skull replica, the skull of a Cretaceous Crocodile, a Cretaceous crocodile skull, and many fossils from Mississippi and the Southeast," according to the MSU website
Over 1,000 visitors, ranging in age from 8 to 70+ visit the Dunn-Seiler every year. While the majority of visitors are school students between grades 3 and 9, the museum has something for everyone,."
"The first collections in the Dunn-Seiler museum date to late 1800s. In 1946, the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning passed a resolution which granted authority to develop the Franklin Seiler Museum.
Franklin Carl Seiler (1916-1945), a geology student and later instructor within the department, was killed in action during World War II in Europe.
In 1962, the museum was renamed the Dunn-Seiler Museum in recognition of the efforts of Dr. Paul Heaney Dunn (1895-1967), who was the department head from 1934 to 1962 and whose efforts led to the development of the museum."
For information on this event, contact the Department of Geosciences at 760-8028. For information regarding museum tours, presentations, and fossil excursions, contact Ms. Kim Chewe with the Department of Geosciences at 35-3915.