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A special night at UCMP

Cal Day is the one day of the year when lucky members of the public can tour UCMP's collection. But this year, on the night before Cal Day, UCMP hosted a special event to take some of our closest friends behind the scenes.

Excitement is in the air. Also, a T. rex tail!

 

This invitation-only event included sneak previews of Cal Day exhibits, tours of the collection, the paleo art of William Gordan Huff, and fossils recovered during the construction of the Caldecott Tunnel's fourth bore.

UCMP-affiliated faculty curators, scientists, students, and educators were on hand to present a night that our guests won't soon forget. After some mingling and introductory remarks from Director Charles Marshall our visitors were whisked into the collection to enjoy a glimpse of the exciting work happening at UCMP.

 

Charles in action.

 

Ken Finger serves up some local fossils, fresh from the Caldecott Tunnel site.

 

Renske Kirchholtes and Robert Stevenson explain the story of Metasequioa to our guests.

 

Theresa Grieco showed off monkey fossils and talked about her upcoming trip to Olduvai Gorge (photo by Silvia Spiva).

 

Pat Holroyd revealed some of the hidden treasures of UCMP being uncovered thanks to our latest archiving grant.

 

Dave Lindberg neatly demonstrated how our vast collection provides an essential historic baseline for the natural history of California.

 

Anna Thanukos took visitors beyond the collection through the museum's many education and outreach projects.

 

Ash Poust dazzled onlookers with phytosaurs, pareiasaurs, and other impressive fossils from our broad collection.

 

Brian Swartz led the group from the sea to dry land with close-up looks at some of our fishy ancestors.

 

Diane Erwin pieced together a climate change puzzle using UCMP's California plant fossils.

 

This exciting, unique UCMP experience produced many smiles and set the tone for the Cal Day to come.

For more photos from the evening see this album on Facebook.

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