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Celebrate National Fossil Day early with “Bone Wars” at the Trails Center in Casper

Writer and historian Tom Rea will present “Bone Wars: The Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew...
Writer and historian Tom Rea will present “Bone Wars: The Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew Carnegie’s Dinosaur” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2.(BLM High Plains District)
Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 5:08 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (RELEASE) - Visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center this Saturday to learn about Wyoming’s rich and complicated paleontological past and its connection to one of the most famous figures in American history, Andrew Carnegie.

Writer and historian Tom Rea will present “Bone Wars: The Excavation and Celebrity of Andrew Carnegie’s Dinosaur” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 2.

Named after the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, Diploducus carnegii was the world’s most famous dinosaur nearly one hundred years ago. It was the most complete fossil of its time and one of the largest ever discovered. Displayed around the world, it captured the imaginations of millions of people. Rea’s story uses strong research and fascinating character insight to piece together how this fossil found in Wyoming in 1899 helped give rise to popular culture’s obsession with dinosaurs. Copies of his book on the same subject will be available at a book signing after the presentation.

“Tom Rea is a Wyoming treasure as an author, historian and speaker, and it is a real treat to host him for this presentation at the Trails Center,” said Trails Center Manager Dennis Kuhnel. “Don’t miss out this weekend!”

Rea, who grew up in Pittsburgh admiring the dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, lives in Casper with his family. Now a freelance writer and editor of WyoHistory.org, Rea covered politics, education, and science for more than a decade with the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

For more information, please call the Trails Center at 307-261-7700.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST.1501 N Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601

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