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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Were dinosaurs reptiles?

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(This is an especially helpful means of investigation if one of the animals has been extinct for 65 million years -- like the dinosaurs!!)

So it is important to note that dinosaurs were reptiles. We can safely say this because of several well established facts:

--Dinosaurs laid eggs. Weve found dinosaur eggs, nests, and hatchlings in locations all over the globe.

--Dinosaurs had scaly skin. We've also found imprints of dinosaur skin in numerous places -- and in a few cases imprints of fossilized dinosaur skin!

So when paleontologists try to answer questions about dinosaur anatomy and/or behavior, they look for clues from the dinosaurs' closest living relatives: birds and alligators. (Alligators are judged to be more primitive than dinosaurs and birds are judged to be more advanced.) If a feature or behavior is shared by both alligators and birds, then it is probably true about dinosaurs as well.

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