Dinosaur Discoveries

The 21st century is shaping up as a great time to be a paleontologist. 

Excavations by Museum scientists in northern China have uncovered an “animal Pompeii” of exquisitely preserved specimens. A 28-inch-long fossil of a baby Sciurumimus discovered in Germany suggests that all predatory dinosaurs might have had feathers. The oldest evidence of dinosaurs ever found—fossilized tracks from an animal smaller than a house cat—has been uncovered in Poland. New research is shedding light on how fast the non-avian dinosaurs went extinct, dino eggshells and ancient climate, and the evolution of bird-like brains in dinosaurs well before they took to the air as birds.

Blog Post Desert Dinosaur Likely Hunted in the Dark, Study Shows The chicken-sized dinosaur Shuvuuia had extraordinary vision and owl-like hearing for nocturnal life in the Mongolian desert. May 7, 2021 Blog Post Study: Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs Descended From Tiny Reptiles The newly described ancient reptile species at the root of the dinosaur-pterosaur family tree stood just 4 inches tall. July 6, 2020 Video Why Isn't Pterodactyl a Dinosaur? Paleontologist Danny Barta explains what is and is not a dinosaur. Video Did an asteroid kill the dinosaurs? An extinction mystery explained by paleontologist Aki Watanabe. Video How do you find dinosaur fossils? Hint: it’s not as easy as it looks in the movies. Video Are dinosaurs still alive today? We’re still living in the Age of Dinosaurs! Video How long did a T. rex live? The life of the ultimate predator, from the birth to death. Video Fossil Hunting In the Gobi 360 Join a 1920s fossil-hunting expedition to the Gobi Desert, then revisit the findings with a present-day paleontologist. Video What Did a Baby T. rex Look Like? Did you know T. rex hatchlings were most likely covered in fluff? Learn more about the life history of the ultimate predator. Article Tyrannosaurus rex Seven questions about T. rex answered! Video Google Field Trip: Dinosaur Fossils at the Museum Curator Mark Norell leads a tour of the Paleo Prep Lab. Blog Post New Finding: Dinosaur’s Feathers Were Black with Iridescent Sheen A pigeon-sized, four-winged dinosaur known as Microraptor had black iridescent feathers. March 8, 2012 Blog Post Dinosaurs Fell Victim to “Perfect Storm” of Events, Study Infers Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time. July 28, 2014 Video How do we know where to look for dinosaur fossils? Dinosaur fossils are found almost exclusively in sedimentary rocks. Blog Post Oldest Evidence of Dinosaurs Found in Polish Footprints Dinosaur Lineage Emerged Soon After Massive Permian Extinction October 28, 2010 Video Inside the Collections: Paleontology A look at the oversize collection of dinosaur fossils. Blog Post Were Dinosaurs Undergoing Long-Term Decline Before Mass Extinction? Research shows that massive herbivores were declining, while carnivores and smaller plant-eaters were not. October 26, 2012 Blog Post How Dinosaur Brains Led to Modern Birds Museum researcher Amy Balanoff studies how the advanced brains of dinosaurs developed into those of their modern relatives, birds. March 14, 2016 Blog Post Graduate Student Links Dino Eggshells and Ancient Climates Doctoral student Shaena Montanari reconstructs the environment of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert as it was 70 million years ago. December 8, 2011 Blog Post Strange Predatory Dinosaur from Europe's Late Cretaceous Described by Romanian and U.S. Paleontologists New Velociraptor Relative Had Stocky Limbs and Two Claws on its Feet October 12, 2010 Reading Going Gobi Take a peek inside two paleontologists' scrapbook about their expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. Video Are Any Dinosaurs Still Alive Today? Birds descended from the common ancestor of all dinosaurs. Video Google Glass in the Gobi: Road Trip Graduate student Aki Watanabe gives a paleontologist's-eye view of a fossil excavation in the Gobi desert. Game + Video Living Large Sauropods dominated the Earth for 140 million years. How did they reach their massive sizes? What did they look like, how did they... Video Shelf Life 10: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch New Mexico’s Ghost Ranch is home to four quarries that Museum paleontologists have excavated for decades. Blog Post Researchers Describe ‘Animal Pompeii’ in China Well-preserved dinosaurs, mammals, early birds, fish, and reptiles in northern China are the result of lethal volcanic flows. February 4, 2014 Blog Post Which Came First: The Bird or the Bird Brain? New research led by the American Museum of Natural History provides evidence that dinosaurs evolved the brainpower necessary for... July 31, 2013 Exhibit Dinosaur Mummy The Museum’s dinosaur mummy is a fossilized imprint of the carcass of a duck-billed dinosaur. Blog Post Newly Discovered Dinosaur Implies Greater Prevalence of Feathers A new species of feathered dinosaur discovered in southern Germany is further changing the perception of how predatory dinosaurs... July 2, 2012 Article 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... Video What was dinosaur skin like? Rare dinosaur "mummies" preserve dinosaur skin. Permanent Hall Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs Exhibits feature fossils from ornithischian dinosaurs, including Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Corythosaurus, and others. Permanent Hall Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs This hall features the fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex, Apatosaurus, and others, as well as an example of a dinosaur trackway.