dinosaur museum

January 2015 Newsletter

What’s New at DRC?
We have three new touch screens to answer your questions on dinosaurs, flying reptiles and marine reptiles. Children as well as adults will find these interesting and filled with facts that will be fun to learn in this interactive way. We have one in the main Dinosaur Hall, one in the Marine Room and one in the Kid’s Play area. Something for everyone!

News from Here and There:
A remodeling project has left many of the dinosaur skeletons displaced at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. A new hall won’t be finished until 2019. “In the meantime, we need to have a dinosaur presence at the Museum,” says exhibit developer Sally Love Connell. A new exhibit, “The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World,” will showcase Triceratops and T.rex, two of the Museum’s most popular and massive dinosaurs, while also telling a more in-depth story of how and when they lived. The exhibit looks to serve as a snapshot of how the final dinosaurs in North America lived before they went extinct about 66 million years ago.

Stegosuarus_stenopsThe Natural Museum in London has acquired a skeleton of the Jurassic North American dinosaur Stegosaurus stenops, the most complete skeleton known for this species. It will be going on permanent display in Dec. of 2014. Around 90% of the specimen is present, including an almost complete disarticulated skull and an essentially complete set of plates. Anatomical data has been gathered using traditional methods, CT scans and 3-D laser scans. The specimen has been in London since late 2013.

An eagle-faced dinosaur fossil was discovered by a group of paleontologists led by Dr. Andrew Farke from Raymond M. Alf Museum aquilops_americanusof Paleontology. They have described a new genus and species of ceratopsian dinosaur that lived in what is now southern Montana during the early Cretaceous about 108 million years ago. It is the earliest horned dinosaur to be found in America. It was the size of a crow or raven and weighed about 3.5 lbs. and had a hook-like beak at the front of the skull to snip plants during eating. Unlike its relatives, such as Triceratops, it lacked horns and a bony neck frill. Some of the features that horned dinosaurs share include beaks and a bone on the front of their face called a rostrium. The skull is about 3.5 in. long and easily fits in the palm of your hand. The researchers believe that this particular specimen was an adolescent based on the texture of the skull bones and how they fit together. “It is far more closely related to dinosaurs coming out of Asia, and it probably migrated to America from Asia during the early Cretaceous”, said Farke.

The partial skull and lower jaw were uncovered from the Cloverly Formation in Montana in 1997. It will be stored in the vertebrate paleontology collection of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, OK.

Geri Lebold
Education Director

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