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Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

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Essay, Seminars on Science

Explore the Family Tree of Birds

Scientists on many parts of the globe are working to decipher the family tree of animals at the transition from non-avian dinosaurs to birds. Find out why it's such a hot topic.

Curriculum Materials

Dinosaurs Alive Booklist for Adults

Meet the little dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch. Investigate evolution and the loss of flight in dinosaurs and birds. And dig deep into the lives of dinosaurs with these recommended reads.

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Online Educator's Guide

New technology and new discoveries are leading scientists to reinterpret many of the most persistent and puzzling mysteries about dinosaurs. Make the most of your exhibit visit with this practical, printable guide.

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Curriculum Materials

What Teeth Tell Us

Are those sharp, pointy dinosaur teeth all the better to eat you with? Or are they designed for tough vegetation? Examine dinosaur teeth as a paleontologist would.

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Curriculum Materials

What is a Dinosaur

It's not what they ate or when they lived that distinguishes dinosaurs from other reptiles. It's the hole in their hip socket. Find out how this feature affected the way dinosaurs walk.

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Classroom Activity

What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur

Can you walk like a dinosaur? Hint: The movement is not like lizards, crocodiles, and other reptiles; instead, it's more like birds. Investigate what else birds and dinosaurs have in common.

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Activity

Make Your Own Liaoning Diorama

Re-create the 130-million-year-old forest in what is now China to understand why this fossil site is of such vast scientific importance.

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Curriculum Materials

Understanding Cladistics

Explore the method scientists use to determine evolutionary relationships by creating a coin cladogram. Then try your hand at classifying a handful of dinosaurs.

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Curriculum Materials

Understanding Geologic Time

How long have humans been on Earth compared to the length of time dinosaurs roamed the planet? Gain a new understanding of time by mapping out Earth's history.

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