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 snarl?

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Well, they may have growled or roared -- no one will likely ever know -- but they almost certainly did not curl their lips or bare their teeth.

Looking at modern reptiles (such as lizards and crocodiles) we find that none of them have the musculature to lift their top lips away from their teeth. (Sharks yes, dogs and wolves yes, professional wrestlers yes, but reptiles no.)

And looking at dinosaur skulls, there's no indication that they had the muscles to lift their lips away from their teeth either.

Oh well, another childhood image shattered!



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