On Friday, September 12, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host “Parasaurolophus:  New Insights Based on GSENM Discoveries,” a special presentation at the GSENM Visitor Center, located at 745 East Highway 89, in Kanab, Utah.

Beginning at 7 p.m., paleontologist Tylor Birthisel will examine how and why Parasaurolophus specimens found on Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) are changing scientist’s perception about the dinosaur.  As part of the program, Birthisel will take a closer look at the unique crest structure for which Parasaurolophus is famous; share insights on how the crest may have formed; and confide why the crests of the dinosaurs found on GSENM are stirring so much interest.

Birthisel got his start in Paleontology at the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm in 2003, where he was a student intern and volunteer for almost seven years. During his time there, he developed a love of fossil preparation and lab management.

His skills in fossil preparation eventually led him to a position with Grand Staircase Escalante Partners in 2011, running the paleontology lab at the BLM Headquarters Building in Kanab. For almost three years, Birthisel coordinated lab curation activities and assisted volunteers in fossil preparation. He worked on several fossils himself, but Parasaurolophus was always his favorite and led him to research this fascinating dinosaur species.

Since October, Birthisel has been employed by the Natural History Museum of Utah as their Paleontology Preparator and Preparation Lab Manager.

Please join us, and learn more about this iconic dinosaur. The presentation will last about an hour and is free. Call 435-644-1209 for more information.