Allosaurus Roar Review: Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, CO

About twenty miles northwest of Colorado Springs lies a beautiful town in the Rocky Mountains called Woodland Park.  Surrounded by gorgeous natural attractions such as Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center is another place to admire the complex beauty of the natural world.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Dinosaur National Monument, Jensen, UT

In 1909 Earl Douglass, a paleontologist working for the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, was searching for dinosaur bones in the rugged sandstone hills about ten miles east of Vernal, Utah. Having heard that fossils could be found nearby, Douglass spent a week combing the hills before he came across what would later become the most complete Apatosaurus ever found.  But that was just the start: between 1909 and 1922, over 700,000 tons of fossil material was shipped from the quarry site to Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum to this day has the most impressive collection of Morrison Formation Jurassic dinosaurs in the world.  In 1915, President Wilson proclaimed the site as Dinosaur National Monument.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, Ann Arbor, MI

Located in the heart of campus in one of America’s great college towns, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History features an amazing collection of fossils that span the entire history of life on planet earth.  Featuring the state’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils, the museum also boasts an incredible array of exhibits and displays that will delight visitors young and old.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

If you have children, one of the best museums in North America to spend a day is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  Widely considered the top children’s museum in the world, there is such a wide variety of activities available that almost any child (or adult) will find something to love here.  I love dinosaurs, and fortunately, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has a great collection.

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Allosaurus Roar’s Top Dozen Xiphactinus Displays

One of the more common displays in prehistoric exhibits is the Xiphactinus, the largest bony fish of the Late Cretaceous period.   Among the reasons that it is a popular display in natural history museums: it is quite large (adults can reach 15-20 feet in length); it looks very ferocious and evidently had a large appetite; and most of all, because there have been quite a few well-preserved fossils unearthed of this magnificent ancient fish.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA

I am usually pretty excited whenever I am about to visit a museum with a lot of special fossils on display, but honestly, some museums get me more excited than others.  The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh is one such museum: I have been several times and every time I am headed there, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning. Fortunately, the museum always lives up to the anticipation, and there are a lot of good reasons that the Carnegie Museum is considered one of the top natural history museums in the world.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Ghost Ranch Ruth Hall Museum of Paleontology, Abiquiu, NM

One day in the late Triassic period, thousands of small theropod dinosaurs called Coelophysis were living in a warm, monsoon-like climate, but struggling with drought during the dry season.  Those who hadn’t yet perished were languishing around a diminishing water source, when suddenly a violent storm arrived and the creatures were caught in a flash flood.  Many hundreds were killed and their remains deposited in a muddy wash where they were quickly covered and would remain for over 200 million years.

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