Allosaurus Roar Review: Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL

The Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois is home to quite a few interesting exhibits, but two fascinating and important dinosaur fossils really stand out: the most complete juvenile Tyrannosaurus, “Jane,” and the most complete sub-adult Triceratops, “Homer.”  The exhibits crafted around these two great fossils are world-class and well worth a visit.

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Month: Dunkleosteus

Of all the animals that lived on earth prior to 350 million years ago, the most fearsome was probably the huge, armored fish from the Devonian Period called Dunkleosteus.  Much larger than a modern adult great white shark, the Dunkleosteus was a powerful predator that lived primarily in shallow coastal waters.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, near Cleveland, UT

Many of the dinosaur fossils that are displayed in museums come from a relatively small number of places, typically bone beds that have revealed numerous dinosaurs from a small time window in the deep past.  One such place is the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry in central Utah, a gold mine of Late Jurassic dinosaurs with an especially high concentration of predators, particularly Allosaurus.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Dinosaur Journey Museum of Western Colorado, Fruita, CO

The Dinosaur Journey Museum of Western Colorado is located in Fruita, a town at the base of the spectacular Colorado National Monument, about 20 miles or so east of the Utah border.  While not a terribly large museum, it is a great place to visit (especially for kids) and see a variety of dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils.

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Coming Soon on Allosaurus Roar…

Allosaurus Roar is coming back soon with more dinosaur reviews!  The publishing schedule for the next couple months:

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Moab Giants, Moab, UT

About six miles north of the entrance to Arches National Park is the brand new dinosaur park known as Moab Giants.  Among the park’s attractions are a dinosaur trail with dozens of life-size dinosaurs, a unique “5-D” aquarium featuring ancient sea animals, and a Tracks Museum dedicated to the study of dinosaur footprints.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: University of Wyoming Geological Museum, Laramie, WY

In the heart of the University of Wyoming campus sits a relatively small geological museum that displays a number of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, including an Allosaurus nicknamed “Big Al” that is best known for the various ailments it suffered before death–many of which are visible on the skeleton.

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