paleontology

Paleontology

What Is A Dinosaur? A Discussion Of Ancient Family Trees And Dino-Impostors
June 30, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

In my years as a tour guide here at HMNS I encountered a lot of good questions. Most of the time the simplest questions were the best ones, like “what is a dinosaur?“. It’s a simple question but it has a complicated answer. For most people, the only prerequisite for being a dinosaur is being […]

Are You “Down” To Talk About T. rex Feathers? Our Very Own Specimen Has Some Input To Give
June 23, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  The controversy about whether famous dinosaurs had feathers has been raging for a while now. We’ve known that some dinosaurs had feathers ever since Archaeopteryx was discovered in 1861, but more recent discoveries of the presence of feather-like structures on larger dinosaurs ( like Lane the Triceratops here at HMNS) that are more distantly related to […]

Stromatolites: Little Bacteria, Big Impact
June 21, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  People come from all over the world to see our Morian Hall of Paleontology, but  most of them are so excited to see the dinosaurs that they pass right by the fossils at the entrance to the hall. Those amorphous blocks, seemingly insignificant, are our collection of stromatolites. Stromatolites are columnar structures created by […]

Giant, Creepy And Ancient: Our Ground-Shaking New Addition To The Hall Of Paleontology
May 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

          As if things weren’t exciting enough with the addition of our new giant eurypterid, installation has begun on an even bigger, and possibly creepier specimen. The above image shows our new giant crinoid specimen getting set up in time for Memorial Day. So what is a crinoid? Although personally they look to me […]


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