Digging Dinosaurs” presents those aspects of dinosaur exploration and discovery that really interest people:

From my 10 years of field experience, I tell you how it actually feels:

  • to spend weeks in the blistering heat and dust of the Badlands.
  • to meet that rattlesnake or scorpion you really weren’t expecting.
  • to look for (and find!) exciting fossil remains of dinosaurs and other animals that are over 70 million years old.
  • to spend hours — or days — carefully extracting these bones from the surrounding rock and transporting them to the museum.
  • to spend days — or weeks — gently cleaning and preparing them for storage or display.

If time and numbers permit, I wind up the program by inviting audience members to handle real dinosaur fossils and discover how easy it is to tell the difference between bone and rocks. How do you know it’s really dinosaur bone? Find out for yourself!

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Dino Fun Facts
Did dinosaurs walk like the reptiles of today?

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This means that these animals tend to walk with a side-to-side swaying motion.

Dinosaurs, on the other hand, pulled their legs entirely underneath their bodies -- making almost a vertical line of their lower and upper legs. So four-legged dinosaurs moved like cats and dogs do today. And two-legged dinosaurs walked like human beings do today. Or like birds do today. (HINT: this relationship to birds is not accidental! This leg arrangement is one of the reasons that most paleontologists think that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs.)

Getting their legs underneath them raised the dinosaurs' bodies higher, which gave them better visibility and allowed them to move much faster than the other reptiles of the Mesozoic Era (or "Age of the Dinosaurs").

But hey, if this leg arrangement were such a terrific achievement in locomotion, how come the dinosaurs died out and the alligators and other reptiles are still with us?

Great question. No one knows the answer!

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