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Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas

February 2, 2018 - July 29, 2018

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, an engaging exhibition that reveals what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like, is set to open at Minnetrista onSaturday, February 3.

 Using a combination of major fossil finds, captivating computer simulations, and provocative models, Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas introduces a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them. This exhibition examines in great detail recent scientific sleuthing and the array of investigative tools—from bioengineering computer software to CT scans—used by modern scientists to reinterpret many of the most persistent and puzzling mysteries of dinosaurs: what they looked like, how they behaved, and how they moved. It also explores the complex and hotly debated theories of why—or even whether—they became extinct. 

 “This exhibition illustrates how scientists are using new ideas, new discoveries, and new technologies to revolutionize our understanding of dinosaurs,” says Mark A. Norell, curator of Dinosaur Discoveries and Chair and Macaulay Curator of the Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. “Our work reaches across many disciplines involving paleontologists, biomechanical engineers, paleobotanists, and others to showcase how we go about reconstructing the mysterious life of dinosaurs.” 

 So, drag your dig kits and get ready for a good time! Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas and its many themes including How Dinosaurs MovedThe Liaoning ForestHow Dinosaurs Behaved, and Extinction, opens on Saturday, February 3 and runs through July 29 at Minnetrista.

 Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh. 

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas


February 2, 2018
July 29, 2018
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1200 N. Minnetrista Pkwy. IN 47303 United States + Google Map