Feder’s tour, dePolo’s lectures

Tour of stage costumes at April meeting

      Guest Curator Karan Feder led a Thursday (April 19) behind-the-scenes tour of the collection, which features everyday historical wear as well as garments donated by celebrities and show costumes donated by casinos or performers. The tour took place during our April general meeting, which began at 6 p.m. in the museum’s special-events room. Attendees got to view items not currently on public display. The photo below shows different types of “pasties” worn by casino showgirls, while the photo at right is a showgirl costume in the museum’s public gallery.

   

Ichthyosaur is next talk’s topic

     Nevadan Paige dePolo, a paleontologist who earned her undergrad degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, is currently a visiting researcher at Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

     On June 30 (Saturday) she will present a Friends workshop 2-4 p.m. titled “Meet Shonisaurus popularis, Nevada’s State Fossil,” which is about the ichthyosaur species that swam in the sea that once covered Nevada.

     On April 21 the museum hosted her talk, “Beyond the Bones: Insights from Fossil Footprints.”

     She is the lead author of a ground-breaking study of dinosaur footprints on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, recently published in the Scottish Journal of Geology.

     DePolo’s team identified about 50 footprints, including some tracks of dino relatives to the Tyrannosaurus rex. The mixture of footprints by different species in the same location challenges a theory that plant-eaters waded into shallow, muddy waters to evade their predators.  

     Her scientific paper on dinosaur tracks on the Isle of Skye has been written up by many news media outlets, including the National Geographic at https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/04/sauropods-dinosaurs-footprints-scotland-fossils-science.  

     DePolo is currently between terms at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she is earning her doctorate. Her curriculum vitae on the university’s website shows that one of her research topics is “Dinosaur Trackways on the Isle of Skye.