Delaware mineralogical society

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Symposium 2017

Steve Lindberg

Professor of Geology, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: 'How to Build a Dinosaur, Fabricating Fossil Replicas'

In 1990, the discovery of the Tyrannosaurus rex “Sue” sparked a renewed interest in dinosaurs and the acquisition of vertebrate fossils for both public and private collections. It also revealed the darker side of the dinosaur fossil market and the potential legal issues associated with collecting vertebrate fossils. As a result, the growth of small companies producing museum quality replicas has filled a growing niche to supply a wide variety of fossil reproductions to a growing market. Steve Lindberg will demonstrate the process involved in creating accurate fossil reproductions and will have an impressive display of completed reproductions to exhibit the finished products. Steve’s presentation will also include a discussion of the current legal and ethical issues involved in the dinosaur fossil trade. Steve with a full-size replica of a juvenile T-rex discovered in South Dakota in 1998.

Steve Lindberg and his full-size juvenile T-Rex replica from a 1998 South Dakota find

Steve Lindberg and his dinosaur replica

Steve Lindberg


Steve Lindberg is an adjunct professor of geology in the Energy and Earth Resources Department at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Pennsylvania. Steve has been teaching a wide variety of geoscience courses at both the high school and college level for 39 years. He began teaching at Pitt-Johnstown in 1997; his college courses there include Physical Geology, Prehistoric Life, Earthquakes and Volcanoes, Astronomy, Meteorology and Geologic Field Methods. After retiring from public education in 2012, Steve was able to increase his course load at Pitt-Johnstown and spend more time pursuing his interests in geology; especially paleontology and the preparation of fossil specimens. An outgrowth of this interest has resulted in a working relationship with a small Johnstown based company that specializes in the manufacture of replica fossil specimens.

Steve has been a member of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers since the early 90’s, and has twice served as president for the associations eastern section. In 1992 Steve was awarded the eastern section’s Outstanding Earth Science Teacher for Pennsylvania by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. He is also a member of the Geological Society of America and attends the northeastern section meetings with his geology students on a regular basis. Steve has also participated in the annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists as a field trip leader. As a geologist and geoscience educator; Steve maintains a strong commitment to bring the geoscience experience to others and routinely arranges field trips for school classes and other interested groups. Some of his more recent geologic excursions included a March 2016 spring break trip to Iceland with his students and repeated visits to the Gettysburg Battlefield where he links the local geology to the outcome of the battle. In March 2017 Steve will be co-leading a northeast section meeting of the Geological Society of America field trip across the Johnstown region examining the local geology and history of the famous 1889 Johnstown flood.


Steve Lindberg University of Pittsburgh contact information
'New insights about cataracts (Dry Falls) on the floor of Kasei Valles, Mars', Coleman, N. and Lindberg, S.
'Where to See Dinosaurs' Database
Behind the Scenes: 'Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossil, New Discoveries', American Museum of Natural History
FossiLab Projects, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

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