Family Science

Jurassic in the Park

by rockprogram on Sep. 26th, 2012 No Comments

Would you like to travel through time and learn about the fascinating animals that once roamed our Planet, Earth? Visit us to learn more through a suite of new programs and events this fall. We’ll focus on the evolution of dinosaurs, sharks, birds, and living fossils that still call this planet home.

Take a walk through time daily at noon near our pendulum on the main level. Learn about the sharks, tortoises, and dinosaurs that first appeared millions of years ago in our new Sharks to Dinosaurs program. Step back in time and discover the unique adaptations these amazing species developed for evolving, thriving, and surviving on a planet that was very different from the one we know today.

Next, step into the Naturalist Center to discover 18 specimens from the Geology Research Collection. In this collection, you’ll find several dinosaur specimens, including a 3.5 ft long upper leg bone from the plant-eating dinosaur, Camarasaurus lentus. You’ll even stumble upon a large, surprisingly beautiful piece of coprolite, also known as fossilized poop, from a large plant-eating dinosaur!

Then, see the world as it once was and get close to these giants that once roamed our Earth like you never thought possible in our 3D show, Dinosaurs Alive! Experience the creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous. Follow the journey of Paleontologists as they travel to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and uncover new fossils. It is spectacular!

What do scientists know about the extinction of these fascinating, jaw dropping animals? A massive asteroid hit our planet Earth 65 million years ago. Scientists have found evidence that the impact caused massive damage and massive changes in the climate, and dinosaurs had trouble adapting to the new climate. What do we know about asteroids? Check out Asteroids: Science…With an Impact! to learn more.

How about a chance to name an asteroid?! OSIRIS-REx is going to fly to an asteroid and bring back some pieces. Right now, the asteroid’s name is 1999 RQ36. The Planetary Society, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, and the University of Arizona are asking students around the world under 18 years of age to enter their Name That Asteroid! contest. What do you think 1999 RQ36 should be called? Take a chance! Good luck!

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