Coming Soon on Allosaurus Roar!

After a little family vacation to Kansas and Colorado, I am getting ready to write some more museum reviews, etc.  Here is the Allosaurus Roar publishing schedule for the next couple months:

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Allosaurus Roar’s Top 25 Prehistoric Fossil Museums in North America

One year ago today, I started this blog with a list ranking the Top 25 Dinosaur Museums in North America, and now I provide a list ranking the Top 25 Prehistoric Fossil Museums in North America.  Some museums have wonderful fossil collections but don’t specialize in dinosaurs; some dinosaur museums have terrific dinosaur collections but very little other ancient life on display.  If you love fossils, here are the museums you should try to visit.

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Week, 3/6/17

One of the more unusual dinosaur families are the pachycephalosaurs.  The most well-known of them lived in the Late Cretaceous period and were among the last dinosaurs, along with Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, and others.  Pachycephalosaurus is the namesake of the family and the largest of them, and is relatively rare in the fossil record. What scientists do know about this animal is that it had a very thick, bony skull that exhibited extreme plasticity during its lifetime.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is a very large cosmopolitan city with an almost endless array of things to do. When we visit, one place we like to go is the great Royal Ontario Museum, one of the best places to see dinosaurs and other prehistoric fossils in North America.

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Week, 2/27/17

If you asked Americans to name two extinct animals that lived after the dinosaurs died out, there is little doubt the two most common answers would be the woolly mammoth and the subject of today’s blog, the saber-tooth “cat” Smilodon.  Both went extinct around the end of the Pleistocene epoch, which also marked the end of the most recent ice age, roughly 11,000 years ago.

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Allosaurus Roar’s Top Dozen Dimetrodon Displays

Dimetrodon is one of the most recognizable and fascinating prehistoric animals, and a favorite of many dinosaur fans who learned early on that despite its frequent inclusion in dinosaur books and toy playsets, Dimetrodon was NOT a dinosaur!

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Week, 2/20/17

In typical circumstances, excavating a fossil dinosaur is extremely difficult.  In 1991, paleontologist Dr. William Hammer and his team from Augustana College excavated a large theropod dinosaur from one of the most difficult locations any dinosaur has ever been found–Antarctica, about 400 miles from the South Pole and about 13,000 ft. above sea level.

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