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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Did dinosaurs live all over the world?

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The first dinosaur fossils that were given serious scientific study were found -- of course -- in England, Western Europe, and the United States. (When you think of it, where else would they be found except in those countries that engaged in serious scientific study back in the 19th century?)

What we've found over the last several decades is that wherever there are the rocks of the right age (roughly 250 million years old to 65 million years old) and the right type (known as "sedimentary" rock), you will find dinosaur fossils. This includes Africa, Asia, and Antarctica as well! (The entire planet was much warmer back then.)

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