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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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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’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 … Continue reading

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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 … 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’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 … 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, 2/20/17

In typical circumstances, excavating a fossil dinosaur is extremely difficult.  In 1991, paleontologist Dr. William Hammer and his team from Augustana College excavated a large theropod dinosaur from one of the most difficult locations any dinosaur has ever been found–Antarctica, … Continue reading

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Allosaurus Roar’s Fossil of the Week, 2/13/17

Before the late author Michael Crichton sat down to write Jurassic Park, he read a news story about a dinosaur discovered in Montana by Yale University’s John Ostrom.  Ostrom was a prominent paleontologist who went against convention in strongly advocating … Continue reading

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