Jurassic Roadshows were in-person events starting in 2011, but due to Covid, in 2020 we moved to Zoom as part of the Great Greenfield Dino Fest.
December 2020 presenters included paleontologists
Paul Olsen, Stephen Gatesy, Patrick Getty, Steve Winters, and Morgan Turner, landscape paleoartist Will Sillin, and amateurs Harry Sharbaugh, Mark Agostini, Ed Gregory, and Gracie Rosenberg.
How were the skin and feathers of these fabulous dinosaurs preserved? Prof. Paul Olsen of the Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, gives a whirlwind trip around the world to look at the conditions that led to spectacular fossil preservation in several different sites. 1 hour 11 minutes
What can experiments with living animals tell us about extinct ones? Prof. Steve Gatesy, Professor of Biology at Brown University, and his student Morgan Turner (now Dr. Morgan Turner!), walk us through the research methods they use to figure out how dinosaurs might have moved. 1 hour 5 minutes
Why is the Connecticut River Valley so full of dinosaur footprints? Prof. Steve Winters from Holyoke Community College says it has something to do with crashing tectonic plates. 58 minutes
Dinosaurs were not the only ones to leave their traces behind. Prof. Patrick Getty of Collin College shows some of the tiniest, most delicate traces in the Connecticut River Valley. 1 hour
A landscape artist describes how he created Triassic-Jurassic dinosaur murals for museums in the Connecticut River Valley. His work can be seen at willsillin.com/natural-history. 11 minutes 30 seconds
A retired pathologist who studies local geology and paleontology describes specimens from his collection and how he finds and prepares them. 14 minutes
An avocational paleontologist discusses Dr. Barratt’s little-known contributions to ichnology and shows a 3D model of Barratt’s unusual fossil brownstone tombstone. 17 minutes
A teenager’s interest in local fossils grew into a lifelong passion for collecting specimens and understanding the geological history of his home town of Turners Falls, Massachusetts. 21 minutes