Paleontologist Mike Triebold to Present in Cañon City

By Cindy Smith

Standing next to a Brontosaur, your mind may wander in many directions, but how often do you contemplate the more recent journey those old bones have made?

Mike Triebold, President of Triebold Paleontology, Inc. and founder of Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center based in Woodland Park, will speak in Cañon City on Thursday, December 1, at Pueblo Community College – Fremont Campus (51320 Highway 50, just west of Cañon City). Doors will open at 5:30pm with a display table of fossil items.

Daspletosaurus, or Frightful reptile, was a close relative to Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest predatory dinosaur living in Montana about 76 million years ago. This cast made its debut in Cañon City.

Daspletosaurus, or Frightful Reptile, was a close relative to Tyrannosaurus rex and the largest predatory dinosaur living in Montana about 76 million years ago. This cast made its debut in Cañon City.

Mike has 27 years of professional paleontology and a lifetime love of fossils under his belt. As a supplier of original and cast skeletons to over 200 museums around the world, he has been involved in every stage those old bones have experienced since burial.

Mike will discuss the foibles and human experiences of collecting, as well as the latest technologies in scanning and 3D printing which make his work easier and more accurate.

Mike Triebold working on moulding and casting.

Mike Triebold working on moulding and casting.

TPI holds leases on many private ranches in South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Kansas, and provides everything from collection and preparation of fossils to molding, casting and mounting. What began as a business run out of his basement grew into a production facility in North Dakota and a museum in Colorado. Mike has developed methods of molding and casting that have changed the industry.

Earlier this year, Mike’s team supplied 27 life-sized fossil casts, including a Brontosaur, Elasmosaur, Protostega, and Xiphactinus, for the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, an educational and recreational museum which opened just west of Cañon City in July. Those casts have the advantage of being stronger than fragile original bones, they weigh one tenth of original skeletons, and metal supporting structures remain hidden, producing a more dynamic, life-like result.

The Daspletosaur made its cast debut in Cañon City.

Please join us for a an evening of paleontology from one of the nation’s highly respected experts. Sponsored by the Royal Gorge Dinosaur Experience, Royal Gorge Regional Museum, Pueblo Community College-Fremont Campus, and Fremont County Stones ‘n Bones. Learn more at this website.

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