Category Archives: University Museums

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 Review: KU Natural History Museum, Lawrence, KS

One of the nation’s top university museums, the KU Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas boasts an almost unparalleled collection of Cretaceous period fish, marine reptiles, and pterosaurs.  In fact, several of the fossils on display are among … Continue reading

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A New Golden Age of Dinosaur Museums

When the movie Jurassic Park hit theaters in the summer of 1993, there was no question that the dinosaur renaissance–that had been coursing through the field of paleontology since the late 1960’s–had now, for the first time, really taken a … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK

Like many states in the American west, Oklahoma has been the site of numerous fossil discoveries over the past century.  For many years, the state was known primarily for the discovery of Permian period reptiles and amphibians, but Jurassic and … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Beneski Museum of Natural History, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

The Beneski Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Although the museum is not well known nationally, it has a terrific collection of fossils, specializing in ancient mammals with some dinosaur highlights, … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Yale Peabody Museum, New Haven, CT

It is fair to wonder what the interest in dinosaurs in North America would be without the contributions of Yale University and the Yale Peabody Museum.   At the center of the golden age of dinosaur collecting during the “Bone Wars” … Continue reading

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