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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.

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 when it roamed the Earth 130 million... 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   Oldest Evidence of Dinosaurs Found in Polish Footprints A researcher affiliated with the Museum has just described the oldest evidence of the dinosaur lineage: 250 million year-old... October 6, 2010 Video How do we know where to look for dinosaur fossils? Dinosaur fossils are found almost exclusively in sedimentary rocks.   Dinosaurs Dinosaurs are a group of reptiles that first appeared about 245 million years ago. 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, 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 surprisingly advanced brains of dinosaurs developed into those of their modern... March 14, 2016 Blog Post Graduate Student Links Dino Eggshells and Ancient Climates Fourth-year Richard Gilder Graduate School (RGGS) doctoral student Shaena Montanari uses her geology training and subtle clue... 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 Article Going Gobi Who would travel halfway around the world to spend the summer in a desert where brutal sandstorms and surprise flash floods a...   Archaeopteryx Was Not Very Bird-like Archaeopteryx Lacked Rapid Bone Growth, The Hallmark Of Birds   Video Are any dinosaurs still alive today? Birds descended from the common ancestor of all dinosaurs. Video Google Glass in the Gobi: Road Trip Travel with Aki Watanabe to the Gobi Desert. Interactive Living Large Sauropods dominated the Earth for 140 million years. How did they reach their massive sizes? What did they look like, how did... Video Shelf Life 10: The Dinosaurs of Ghost Ranch Discovering a dinosaur is just the first step. Video SciCafe: Which Came First - the Bird or the Bird Brain? Mark Norell and Amy Balanoff discuss bird-like brains. Blog Post Researchers Describe ‘Animal Pompeii’ in China Mixed graveyards filled with exceptionally well-preserved dinosaurs, mammals, early birds, fish, and reptiles in northern Chi... February 4, 2014 Exhibit Dinosaur Mummy The Museum’s dinosaur mummy is a fossilized imprint of the carcass of a duck-billed dinosaur. One of the most complete pieces... Interactive Anatomy Adventure Reconstruct the skeleton of a fossil animal that you found on an expedition. A scientific experience designed for kids ages 1... 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 dinosa... July 2, 2012 Educator Professional Learning 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 din... 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.