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January 5, 1998

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Fossil lecture on whales, dinos

  "From Grave to Cradle: Fossil Preparation at the Burke" is the next Third Thursday Science Lecture at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Museum fossil preparator Bruce Crowley will speak from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Burke Room. The lecture is free with museum admission. Just how scientists unearth fossils from rock and prepare them for public display or the research table is the subject of Crowley's talk. Among finds Crowley will discuss is the museum's 30-million-year-old baleen whale, the only known specimen in the world. It took Crowley more than three years to remove the whale from rock and reconstruct it.
  
   Crowley will also speak about other fossils on display, including the Triceratops and mosasaur. Crowley is currently working to unearth another 30-million-year-old whale skull from rock. So far, all that can be determined is that the whale is of a different species than the baleen whale already uncovered. As more of the bone becomes visible through his work, more is learned about the specimen. Visitors will see several fossils from behind-the-scenes at the Burke.
  
   Upcoming lectures are on Feb. 19, "Washington's Web of Life: Biodiversity of our State" by Dr. Peter Dunwiddie, staff ecologist for Nature Conservancy of Washington; and on March 19, "Native Mammals of Washington" by Dr. Jim Kenagy, curator of mammalogy at the Burke. The Burke Museum is located at 17th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 45th Street, on the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus. Pay parking is available on campus lots beside the museum. Parking is free after noon on Saturday and all day Sunday. For questions about special events or to register for workshops, call (206) 543-7907. For 24-hour information, call (206) 543-5590.
  
   The Burke Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission is $5.50/adult, $4/senior, and $2.50/students. Admission is free for children 5 and under, members, and University of Washington staff, faculty and students. For a walk through the museum and information about some of the behind-the-scenes research by Burke scientists, access the Burke's Web site at www.washington.edu/burkemuseum.