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BLM-Alaska and Museum of Nature & Science to hold Twitter #tweetchat on Dinosaur Discovery


Anchorage – The Bureau of Land Management recently reported the discovery of a new dinosaur species – the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum – on BLM lands in Alaska, and now they’re hosting a Twitter #tweetchat to discuss the discovery.  Paleontologist Anthony R. Fiorillo, Ph.D., of the Museum of Nature & Science and BLM paleontologist Harley Armstrong will host the #tweetchat on Thursday, December 8, 2011, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. AKST (2 p.m. – 5 p.m. CST/3 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST). 

During the # tweetchat, Dr. Fiorillo and Armstrong will answer questions about the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum and other dinosaurs on Alaska’s North Slope.  Members of the public are invited to follow the #tweetchat on www.twitter.com/BLMAlaska with the hashtag #alaskadinosaur.  Questions can be submitted to the BLM in advance by email at blmalaska@blm.gov or via direct message on Twitter.com/BLMAlaska. 

Dr. Fiorillo and his team discovered this new species near the Colville River on BLM-managed lands in Alaska.  Fiorillo announced the discovery at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 71st Annual Meeting.  The new species was named the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum in recognition of the Perot family (Margot and Ross Perot and their children), who have demonstrated a long history of supporting science education for the public.   A reconstruction of the Pachyrhinosaurus perotorum will be installed in the Life: Then and Now Hall, which will be part of the new Perot Museum of Nature & Science, when it opens in Dallas’ Victory Park in early 2013. To hear more about the four-ton, plant eating giant, visit: http://on.doi.gov/blmalaskanews.

A Twitter #tweetchat is a pre-arranged chat that happens on Twitter through the use of tweets that include a predefined hashtag to link those tweets together in a virtual conversation.

THE BLM manages 245 million acres – more land than any other federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including 75 million acres in Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.

The Museum of Nature & Science – the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children's Museum – is an AAM- accredited non-profit educational organization located in Dallas's Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and HP. The Museum of Nature & Science also is building a new $185 million museum on a 4.7-acre site in Victory Park to complement the Fair Park facilities. To learn more about the Museum of Nature & Science and the Perot Museum, please visit natureandscience.org and buildtheperot.org.


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