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The Natural History Museum of Utah Presents Third Annual Indian Art Market

The Natural History Museum of Utah is pleased to announce its third annual Indian Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2015. This year’s juried event features 21 contemporary artists representing 12 native tribes, who will be showcasing and selling their unique works of art, including paintings, baskets, carvings, jewelry, pottery and exciting mixed media pieces.

Utahraptor ostrommaysorum (dromaeosaur), foot Grand County, Utah 1990 Cast

This foot and deadly sickle claw once belonged to Utahraptor, cousin to Velociraptor of Jurassic Park fame. Scientists believe Utahraptors used this hooked claw to slice open prey, causing death or serious injury. In the 1990’s, several bones from this ferocious predator were discovered near Arches National Park about the time the first Jurassic Park hit movie theaters.

Why Big Dinosaurs Steered Clear of the Tropics

June ­15, 2015 ­– For more than 30 million years after dinosaurs first appeared, they remained inexplicably rare near the equator, where only a few small-bodied meat-eating dinosaurs eked out a living. The age-long absence of big plant-eaters at low latitudes is one of the great, unanswered questions about the rise of the dinosaurs.

Eye to Eye Exhibit Opens at the Natural History Museum of Utah

Eye to Eye: Re-visioning Eye Disease is an interactive exhibit that explores and celebrates the various ways people adapt and overcome the challenges associated with several common diseases of the eye. As part of the ‘Utah Futures’ gallery at the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center, the exhibit also explores advances in technology and research by Jade Therapeutics that are enabling exciting new treatment options.

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Nature Unleashed Press Preview

In partnership with the Nano Insititute and USTAR, NanoDays at the Natural History Museum of Utah will include five nano scientists who will be on hand to help visitors explore research of the miniscule world of atoms, molecules, and nanoscale forces. The event features table-top science with hands-on demonstrations and activities for children and adults alike.

Science Movie Night - Twister

Turtle: The Incredible Journey tells the story of a little loggerhead turtle, as she follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Following the film, staff from The Living Planet Aquarium will join us to share the story of their rescued green sea turtle and answer all turtle questions.  

Randall Irmis

Areas of Expertise:

  • Paleontology
  • Dinosaurs
  • Terrestrial ecosystems during the dawn of dinosaurs
  • Response of vertebrate animals to long term climate change in the fossil record
  • Evolutionary relationships, distribution (biogeography) and ecology of fossil vertebrates
  • Geologic influences on the fossil record


Mitchell J. Power

Mitchell Power, curator of the Garrett Herbarium at the Natural History Museum of Utah, is fascinated with the mechanisms that cause changes in plant communities since the last Ice Age. His research explores the linkages among vegetation, disturbance, climate, and people through time.

Michelle Knoll

Michelle Knoll brings more than 20 years of varied experience to her job as the assistant curator of archaeology. In addition to managing some of the daily operations of the anthropology department, Knoll coordinates the Museum's Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) compliance program, writes grant proposals,