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Monday, May 1, 2017

Speaker: Dylan Dewitt
Exploring the Natural History of Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for its major tourist attractions and landmarks, from the amusement parks to sporting events, and the fact that it's the entertainment capital of the world. However, what I look for when I visit this city are its science museums, and the most recognizable of those are the La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I had the fortunate opportunity last summer to visit both museums. I received a special behind the scenes tour from some of the La Brea Tar Pits scientists after they came to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to learn about new micro prep techniques. They showed us the amazing sites and even gave us free tickets to check out the LA County museum. I hope you enjoy hearing about my experience and learning about what I saw and the different prehistoric fossils that I encountered!

About our Speaker - Dylan Dewitt is a high school senior who will be graduating later this month. He is an avocational paleontologist and wants to pursue a career as a professional paleontologist. He will be going to Red Rocks Community College to receive an associates degree in biology, and hopes to transfer to the University of Colorado-Boulder to ultimately get a major in biology and a minor in geology.

Dylan has been a volunteer of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science since 2014. In his time, there he has worked on some notable fossil prep projects such as the largest mastodon in the world from Snowmass, Colorado, and ancient crocodiles and juvenile sauropod material from Madagascar. While he has participated in WIPS meetings and symposia over the years, he just became a member this year after turning 18.