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Dinosaur Family Fun Day Saturday April 29

Dinosaur Family Fun Day Saturday April 29 photo 4/20/2017 8:46:45 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame will host its last Dinosaur Family Fun Day, Saturday, April 29th, from 10:00am until 2:00pm. This free event includes crafts for the children, and free admission to the current exhibit “Dinosaur Discoveries.”

Guest speaker George T. Basabilvazo will begin at 11:00am. He will discuss his discovery of the Duck Bill Dinosaur (Hadrosaur) in the Little Hatchet Mountains near Deming. The fossil is remarkable because it includes bones from the back, tail and impressions of the dinosaur’s skin. The well-preserved impressions show fine details of the tiny, crimped scales in the dinosaur’s skin. Similar scales can be seen today on the feet of some birds.

The day concludes with the family friendly Disney film, Dinosaur, starting at 2:00pm.

About George Basabilvaso

George Basabilvazo is a native New Mexican. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986 from New Mexico Highlands University, and a Master of Science degree in 1991 from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He subsequently worked as a geologist in private industry and for the U. S. Government. He has been employed for more than 22 years as the Director of the Environmental Protection Division for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, New Mexico specializing in environmental remediation programs, hydro modeling and surface and ground water activities along the New Mexico and Texas border with Mexico.

Basabilvazo always had a passion for collecting minerals and rocks, which began as a child. While working on his master’s degree, he discovered dinosaur skin impressions near Deming, New Mexico and brought them to the attention of paleontologist Spencer Lucas at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. The two teamed with a group of scientists on one of the best-preserved dinosaur skin impressions ever found.

For more information, call 575-492-2678.

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