Meet BK Bones

Bethany Burke - BK Bones
Bethany on the Isle of Wight with an Iguanodon foot cast

On the Isle of Wight with Iguanodon foot cast

BK Bones, aka Bethany Burke, has always loved all things prehistoric. As a child she wanted paleontology to be in every aspect of her day. She ate dinosaur-themed oatmeal whenever possible, sang “The Pterodactyl Song” when riding in cars, dug for fossils every day in her backyard, and read bedtime stories about dinosaurs.

Throughout the years, Bethany continued reading and learning about paleontology and went on many fossil hunting trips led by paleontologists.

Bethany is a graduate of Southwestern University with a B.A. in Communications which taught her a thing or two about being a great presenter. She spent her first dig season as a student with Colorado Northwestern Community College. Bethany also worked as Field Intern at The Montana Dinosaur Center. Bethany now serves as Lead Marine Researcher at Texas Through Time Fossil Museum, currently conducting research on the museum’s marine reptile site.

Bethany is also a certified fossil preparator and member of the Paleontological Society of Austin, Paleontological Society, and Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
She has experience working with children in a variety of formats, including as a Pre-K teacher, and with older children at camps and clubs where she taught art, theater and STEAM lessons.

These days Bethany’s favorite dinosaur is Spinosaurus, the first known semi-aquatic dinosaur. Bethany is quick to point out that paleontology isn’t all about dinosaurs, though. Her favorite aquatic reptile, and her favorite ancient creature of all, is the apex predator the mosasaur. As mentioned, this is the focus on her current research.

BK Bones is a big proponent of STEAM education and Bethany makes questioning, exploration and creativity the heart of her approach. Expect eye-catching images, fossils (and fossil replicas) and lots of high-energy interaction.

Bethany Burke of BK Bones - Paleontology made fun!