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Clinton Presidential Center Presents “A Dung’s Eye View of Dinosaur Life in the Cretaceous Period”

On Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. ET, the Clinton Presidential Center Presents “A Dung’s Eye View of Dinosaur Life in the Cretaceous Period” with Dr. Karen Chin, professor and curator of paleontology at the University of Colorado Boulder.   

This program is presented in conjunction with our new “Dinosaur Explorer” exhibit, opening June 8. Click here to purchase your tickets online in advance. 

Dr. Chin will discuss the valuable information scientists have discovered from fossil dung unearthed in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Fun fact: fossil dung provides different insight than fossil bones!

The event will be held in person in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center streamed live online at 

Become a Clinton Center Member today and receive special benefits at the program and free admission to “Dinosaur Explorer.”

About Dr. Karen Chin: 

Dr. Chin’s fascination with living organisms led her to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California at San Diego and to work as a U.S. National Park Service naturalist for many summers. Her interest in ancient organisms began when she worked for dinosaur paleontologist, Jack Horner at the Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University. She continued her studies with paleobotanist Bruce Tiffney at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she received her doctorate. 

She is best known for her research on fossilized dinosaur dung; this unusual line of inquiry provides information about extinct animals that cannot be extracted from other types of fossils.  Dr. Chin’s work has been highlighted in various media venues such as National Geographic, Discover, Nautilus, The Washington Post, and the BBC.    

Clinton Presidential Center Presents is a partnership between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and Clinton Presidential Library. 


In September 1996, President Bill Clinton established Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which includes, in the words of Presidential Proclamation 6920, “world-class paleontological sites. 

Watch President Bill Clinton deliver remarks announcing the establishment of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.