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About johngnida

Husband, father of two boys. Has traveled extensively while working for the last 15 years as a healthcare consultant. University of Michigan/Ann Arbor (B.A.) and Indiana University/Bloomington (M.A.) alum. Love dinosaurs and other prehistoric life, love to visit natural history museums.

Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Month: Brachiosaurus

When the characters in Jurassic Park first see a living dinosaur, they stand breathless watching a giant Brachiosaurus munching on leaves at the very top of a tall tree.  While that dramatic scene may have been the signature “moment” for … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Cleveland Museum of Natural Science, Cleveland, OH

The cultural hub of Cleveland can be found in the city’s University Circle area, and sitting in the middle of it for the past 60 years is the wonderful Cleveland Museum of Natural History.  Full of interesting exhibits, the museum … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Dinosaur Footprints Reservation, Holyoke, MA

The earliest known dinosaur footprints in North America come from the Connecticut River valley, and thousands of tracks have been found in this large stretch of area that runs through Connecticut and western Massachusetts.  One interesting place to see them … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

The lovely city of St. Paul, Minnesota is home to the Science Museum of Minnesota, a terrific museum full of science activities for the entire family to enjoy.  The large building houses numerous displays and exhibits, and quite a few … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: BYU Museum of Paleontology, Provo, UT

For many years, the paleontology program at Brigham Young University revolved almost entirely around one man, “Dinosaur Jim” Jensen, a prolific field researcher with a talent for finding fossils.  In 1976, the University built a museum to house his huge … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Month: Gastonia

Recently National Geographic has published photos from one of the most dramatic dinosaur fossils ever found, an unidentified nodosaur.  What are nodosaurs?  They are a family of dinosaurs closely related to the more well-known ankylosaurs, sharing the same basic body plan … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia is one of America’s oldest large cities, and it has been the home of many American “firsts,” including serving as the first U.S. capital.  Among Philadelphia’s “firsts” are: the first post office, the first public library, the first zoo, and the … Continue reading

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