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 this dinosaur in popular culture, Brachiosaurus has long been an object of fascination among dinosaur fans.

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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 has a great fossil collection, including one of the most fearsome predators of the Devonian Period that was discovered nearby.

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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 is at Dinosaur Footprints Reservation in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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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 fossils, including one of the best Triceratops fossils in the world.

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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 collection (over 120 tons of fossils) which had previously been stored underneath the nearby football stadium, and the resulting BYU Museum of Paleontology displays many of those finds.

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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 that resembles a four-legged armored tank, but lacking the club tail that distinguishes ankylosaurs.  One of the best known nodosaurs is a dinosaur called Gastonia.

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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 first natural history museum.  That history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, was founded in 1812, and in 2011 became officially affiliated with nearby Drexel University. Not only was the Academy the first natural history museum in North America, it was the first in the western hemisphere, and dinosaurs have played a large role in its history.

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