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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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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Month: Didelphodon

Mammals lived during the Mesozoic Era when dinosaurs ruled the earth, but they were relatively small, never growing much larger than a modern opossum.  Because many early mammals were small and likely nocturnal, for years Mesozoic mammals have been portrayed … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, SD

26,000 years ago in what is now Hot Springs, South Dakota, a large spring-fed pond enticed animals to quench their thirst and cool off.  Unfortunately, the pond held a deadly secret: a cavern below it had collapsed and created a … 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’s Fossil of the Week (2/6/17)

This week’s Fossil of the Week comes from the great Miocene fossil trove at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument near Harrison, Nebraska.  Daeodon, commonly nicknamed “hell pig,” was one of the fiercest and most interesting mammals of this ancient environment around 19 … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

On this snowy winter day in Omaha I’m “California Dreamin’” about Los Angeles, one of my very favorite cities to visit.  I have been fortunate to have spent a lot of time there over the years, and I’m always excited … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO

Since the very beginning of the dinosaur rush in the 1870’s in the western United States, Colorado has been one of the best places in North America to find dinosaurs.  Not surprisingly, then, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar Review: Ashfall Fossil Beds State Park, Orchard, NE

Millions of years ago during the middle of the Miocene epoch, a large volcanic eruption in what is now Idaho spread deadly volcanic ash and dust over a path hundreds of miles wide.  In an ancient water hole almost a thousand … Continue reading

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