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Sternberg offers the chance to bone up on fossils

10/17/2012

By ABBY BELDEN

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.net

There will be plenty of fun to dig up Saturday at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will showcase several activities on National Fossil Day.

Shley Snider, a master's student in liberal studies in geology at Fort Hays State University, helped plan the day's events.

Snider said there will be Fossil Bowl or Fossil Trivia, a lecture on the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, lectures from students with paleontology backgrounds and fossil painting for children.

Snider also said tours of the museum's collections will be given for free with museum admission.

Admission for children ages 4 to 12 is $5, ages 13 to 59 is $8, and 60 and older is $6. FHSU student admission is $4 with a valid student ID.

In addition to the events, the musical play "Bone Wars" will premiere at 5:30 p.m.

The cast will deliver lines along the nature trail and include audience members, who Snider said are recruited for "jobs."

Snider, who wrote the play, said it is based on a true story. The play tells the story of fossil battles and career sabotage between paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, who competed in the mid- to late 1800s. Snider said both men made significant finds in their careers.

Tickets for "Bone Wars" can be purchased for $3 at the FHSU Student Center, Sternberg or by calling (330) 842-2116.