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Dinosaur Website

How Paleontologists Prepare Fossils

Q?rius Jr. - A Discovery Room Program: Discovering Dinosaurs (K-1) (PDF or MS Word)

One of the most popular exhibitions with students of all ages, the Hall of Paleobiology tells the story of the evolution of life and all its various forms. The story begins almost 3.5 billion years ago and includes Dinosaurs, Life in the Ancient Seas, Fossil Mammals, and Fossil Plants.

**UPDATE: The Hall of Paleobiology will be closed for renovations from April 28, 2014 until sometime in 2019. In the meantime, we have another dinosaur exhibition on display.**

The Last American Dinosaurs: Discovering a Lost World is open on the second floor.


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Web-based Student Activities

Life of a Vertebrate Fossil

In this interactive, students follow a field team's experience as they discover, excavate, transport, study, and display a vertebrate fossil.

How Paleontologists Prepare Fossils

This behind-the-scenes tour provides students with a first-hand look at the work of real paleobiologists at the Museum.


For the Classroom

Virtual Dinosaur Exhibit

In this online exhibit, students can explore 3D models of specimens from the Museum’s collections and learn more about how fossils are discovered, unearthed, and preserved.

Virtual Dinosaur Dig

In this interactive simulation, students can find and excavate a specimen and learn about its anatomy, where it lived, what it ate, and how large it was. They can also see a recreation of what the specimen might have looked like with skin and muscle tissue.

Tree of Life Interactive

The Tree of Life is an interactive phylogeny that represents the evolutionary history of vertebrates. Students can see which different species evolved throughout history and learn about species that exemplify important branches of the vertebrate evolutionary tree.

Dinosaurs at NMNH

An extensive resource for both teachers and students, Dinosaurs! provides a wealth of information about dinosaurs, the Museum’s collections and how they are used to learn more about dinosaurs, and multiple web-based interactives.

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