State Museum features February fossils

trilobite fossil

Picture taken in August 2017 show linear clusters of trilobites (arthropods) on the surface of the rock slab. These fossils come the Fezouata Shale in Morocco (near Zagora). Their age is 480 million years. The trilobites are all oriented towards the same direction. The head part has a long spine in the front. There are also two lateral spines along the animal’s body. (AP Photo/Jean Vannier)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State Museum will spotlight rocks, stones, and fossils throughout February by offering two full weekends of geology and paleontology programs.

On February 15 and 16, the Rock and Fossil Fun Fair lets kids mine minerals, forage for fossils, and explore river environments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Museum scientists will also offer their expertise identifying rock and fossil specimens that kids bring from home.

The 26th Annual James Campbell Memorial Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale last from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 22 and 23. Over 30 area vendors will peddle their wares: gems, minerals, fossils, and jewelry.

Located on Madison Avenue, the Museum offers many more hands-on experiments and activities on these days. Admission is free, though they suggest a $5 donation for individuals or $10 for families.

The Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Sale has a $5 cash-only cover charge to benefit the Museum’s mineral acquisition fund.

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