The 9th Annual ACRO Fest will be celebrated by the Museum of the Red River on March 1, 2013, 10:00-3:00, in the Mary H. Herron Conference Center. The ACRO Fest is free and for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This annual event celebrates the opening of the Dinosaur Gallery in 2005, and features the State Dinosaur of Oklahoma, Acrocanthosaurus.
Each year nationally known dinosaur experts in paleontology, art, entertainment, and reconstruction are invited to the event.
This year’s speaker list:
Dr. Kenneth Carpenter. Ken has been interested in dinosaurs since he saw the “Godzilla” movie
as a two years old. He found his first dinosaur at the age of 15, a stegosaurus, a few miles
from Canon City, Colorado. Little did he know that one day he would be responsible for taking
the mounted skeleton apart and rebuilding it to fit the updated dinosaur information available at the
Denver Museum of Natural History. In 1992, he returned with a team to the Canon City site and
excavated the most complete stegosaurus ever found. In June of 2010 Carpenter left the Denver
Museum to become the Director of the CEU Prehistoric Museum at Utah State University in
Price, Utah. Dr. Carpenter has authored many books and scientific publications as well papers.
“Dinosaur Eggs and Babies”
“Eggs Nests and Baby Dinosaurs”
“The Dinosaurs of Marsh and Cope”
“The Official Godzilla Compendium
“Dinosaur Systematics, Approaches and Perspectives”.
Ken was an integral part of the recent Discovery Channel DVD, “Monsters Resurrected” which
features an hour of new Acrocanthosaurus discoveries.
Kyle Davies. He is the head of dinosaur preparation at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural
History on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma. He has been a presenter at Acro Fest for several years, bringing new and interesting information on the most recent excavation equipment and activities in Oklahoma. He is the author of many articles and publications and has presented many scientific papers at national paleontological conferences.
Dr. Louis Jacobs. He utilizes the fossil record to answer significant questions about Earth and life history. His fieldwork is currently focused on the iconic, puzzle-like fit of Africa and South America, as viewed through the rocks and fossils of coastal Angola.He discovered Malawisaurus while on an expedition in Malawi, Africa. He used to be the president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and is currently a professor of geological sciences at Dedman's College and the President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man (ISEM) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Dr. Jacobs has authored many books and scientific publications as well papers.
“A Global View of Early Cretaceous Dinosaurs”
“Cretaceous Airport - The Surprising Story of Real Dinosaurs at DFW”
“Quest for the African Dinosaur: Ancient Roots of the Modern World”.
Also every year we had Cephis Hall, one of the excavators of the Acrocanthosaurus, here to sign autographs. However, last year Cephis Hall passed away therefore we will be honoring his memory at this year’s ACRO Fest.
Cephis Hall. He began his interest in rocks, minerals, and fossils at very early age. He was
an active member and past president of the McCurtain County Gem and Mineral Club. As a
self-taught geologist, he, with his friend the late Sid Love, was best known for having found and
excavated in McCurtain County, Oklahoma, the Acrocanthosaurus fossil, the most complete ACRO fossil ever found.