Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Month: Parasaurolophus

One of the more unusual dinosaurs is the tube-crested hadrosaur Parasaurolophus.   This large herbivore from the Late Cretaceous period has been beloved in our family since my oldest son decided this was his favorite dinosaur quite a few years ago.  While fossils of Parasaurolophus are quite rare, there are a few really good Parasaurolophus exhibits.

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Clayton Lake State Park Dinosaur Tracksite, Clayton, NM

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, not far from where the border meets Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma, sits a state park full of interesting dinosaur tracks.  While relatively “off the beaten path,” Clayton Lake State Park is one of the more well-known dinosaur tracksites in the west, and one of the few large tracksites open to the public.

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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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