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Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

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Dinosaur Illustrations

Ankylosaurus, Barosaurus, Coelophysis—add to your dinosaur vocabulary with these 12 illustrations. Soon you'll be able to spot a Pachycephalosaurus from across the room.

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Solve a Sedimentary Layers Puzzle

The history of life on Earth is recorded in the planet's rock layers. Try your hand at reconstructing geologic history with this fossil-filled puzzle.

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Flesh Out a Fossil

Discover how artists bring dinosaur skeletons to life with skin, feathers, and other features. Then try to create your own lifelike Velociraptor from a skeletal drawing.

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Functions of Feathers

Feathers serve many purposes, only one of which is flight. Examine their contours along with down feathers, semiplumes, and bristles.

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Smaller Than You Think

Not all dinosaurs were huge creatures that shook the Earth when they walked. Put two dinosaurs in perspective with this drawing activity.

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Relative Speed of Dinosaurs

Put your scientific skills to the test to see if you can figure out tell by their footprints if dinosaurs were walking, trotting, or running. 

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Classroom Activity

Plate Tectonics Puzzle

Piece together what Earth may have looked like approximately 220 million years ago when there was a single supercontinent, Pangaea.

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Be a Sleuth: How Dinosaurs Behaved

Like today's crime-scene investigators, paleontologists study clues left behind. See firsthand what trackways—fossilized footprints—can tell them about dinosaur behavior.

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Classroom Activity

Create a Timeline of Earth

Did you know Stegosaurus became extinct 66 million years before T. rex walked the Earth? Explore the planet's diverse eras and periods.

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Curriculum Materials

The Dinosaur Name Game

Dream up a dinosaur that you wish had once walked the Earth. Then flesh out everything from its stature and scientific name to its eating habits and parenting behavior.

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