Current Events Posted in 1999The Planning Section of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC) will hold an informational meeting on the progress of the development of Dinosaur Park (PG) on December 14th at 12:30PM at the MNCPPC Vansville Community Center.
The posting of the "Capitalsaurus Court" ceremonial signs is tentatively planned for January 28, 2000, "Capitalsaurus Day". The Mayor of D.C. has been invited as well as other city officials.
A tooth from Priconodon crassus an armored dinosaur was found in the material sieved by the LaSalle E.S. children. The tooth will be turned over to a museum for preservation.
The students of the Boyd school began a week-long program with Dr. Peter Kranz on Monday, November 29th. The Boyd school is a Montessori School located in Reston, Virginia. The program called "What Did Dinosaurs Do All Day?" was designed by Dr. Kranz and DC Public School Teachers to help children understand how scientists learn what they know about dinosaurs. It involves hands-on digs as well as visits to places like the National Zoo and Natural History Museum.
On November 6, 1999 the Johns Hopkins Odyssey class "Hunting Dinosaurs" joined Dr. Peter Kranz in a search for traces of the creatures in the vicinity of Baltimore City. Despite diligence on their part, nothing of a dinosaurian nature was discovered for several hours until five minutes after the arrival of Rick Smith and his elementary school students who found some Astrodon bone fragments.
On November 8, 1999 the Hopkins Class visited the Maryland Science Center's Maryland dinosaur exhibit and afterwards searched through material screened by the students of LaSalle Elementary School of DCPS. Carolyn Hayes, a student in the Hopkins Class, found the Priconodon crassus tooth mentioned earlier and has given it to the Smithsonian.
The first ever Maryland Dinosaur Exhibition opened on October 2, 1999 at the Maryland Science Center. The exhibit continues to delight young visitors especially the dig pit. Many Maryland fossils never seen before will fascinate adults and scientists alike. The exhibit will be permanent. New additions are expected as warranted.
The symbolic designation of the 100 block of "F" Street. SE became law on October 19, 1999. The sign placement ceremonies are being planned for the near future. Stay tuned. Bill Phillips of Garfield Park Friends says park plans are on track.
LaSalle Elementary School finished washing all of its dinosaur-bearing clay on October 8, 1999. The residues will be sorted by them and others in the near future. Exciting discoveries are hoped for.
A meeting between Dr. Peter Kranz and the Frederick County commissioners is scheduled for Tuesday September 14th, 1999 at 9:30 AM in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room at Winchester Hall. At the session Dr. Kranz will present a plan for park development. Those interested in attending or sending support material should contact Dr. Kranz at(email@example.com)or the Frederick County commissioners office at 1-301-694-1100.
Dr. Peter Kranz has placed an exhibit featuring DC dinosaur finds in the Northeast branch of the DC Public Library. The Capitalsaurus and Astrodon are highlighted in this exhibit.