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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Why are dinosaur names written in italics sometimes?

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Sometimes you see the name of a dinosaur in italics and sometimes in regular typeface. If the writer and editor are being careful, they are telling you something important by these different styles:

When the animal in question is being described as a specific species, the name should be written in italics. So it is correct to write Tyrannosaurs Rex or Stegosaurus in italics.

But sometimes the animals being described are a group of species that look like some specific animal. For example, there are a considerable number of large, two-legged, meat-eating dinosaurs that looked a lot like Tyrannosaurs Rex including Gorgosaurus, Albertosaurus¸ Daspletosaurus, and Tarbosaurus If the writer wishes to discuss all of these creatures using a single name, he or she might simply call all of them "Tyrannosaurs."

Similarly, there were a number of plant-eating dinosaurs that had plates and/or spines on their backs, like Stegosaurus. These include Kentrosaurus and Lexovisaurus. Collectively, they can all be referred to as "Stegosaurs."

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