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Mark Reinhold to dig into the history of the interpretation of dinosaurs



 Concord, NH --The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center looks forward to hosting Mark Reinhold—a valued team-member and Educator here at the Discovery Center—as the speaker of our December 2023 Super Stellar Friday. Mark will be discussing the history of our interpretation of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs were first introduced to the general public over 150 years ago, making their first appearance in literature in 1851. Since then, they have shown up in a range of popular media, from film to comic books, trading cards to toys. Over the past 200 years, paleontological studies have led to the realization that dinosaurs weren’t slow, cold-blooded, dumb beasts but instead quick, warm-blooded, intelligent animals. These changes can be observed within mass media, from being portrayed initially as mindless, vicious brutes to quick, crafty creatures that were simply trying to survive the world they inhabited. Mark will lead a journey through history and examine these changes as seen through the lens of popular culture. The event will take place on December 1, and doors will open at 6:30 pm with the presentation beginning at 7 pm.

Mark was born and raised in Newington, NH where he was a fixture at the local library when he wasn’t wandering the town's fields and woods. After completing high school, he joined the US Navy, working as a weatherman supporting fleet operations in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Following his enlistment, he attended Keene State College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology, and the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he earned his Master of Science in Geology. He has been working and teaching at the college level for close to 25 years, currently holding the position of Professor of Earth Science at Northern Essex Community College. His current research is focused on how paleontologists have updated their view of dinosaurs through the decades and how those changes have translated into popular culture.

Super Stellar Friday is a monthly event hosted by the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. Along with a guest speaker presentation, attendees can look forward to exploring the exhibits, watching our popular planetarium show, Tonight’s Sky, and weather allowing, look at the stars in our observatory and with New Hampshire Astronomical Society.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, an all-digital, 10K full-dome planetarium and a wide variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit