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Discover Dinosaur’s Prehistoric World
Studying ancient life helps us discover our planet's past and the complex story of life.
These are just some of the questions that scientists who study fossils, also called paleontologists, try to answer.
Dinosaur is well known for its Dinosaur fossils. It is also a place where the science of paleontology, has developed. The famous Carnegie Quarry is just one of many places where dinosaurs and other fossils are found in the park.
Who Lived with Dinosaurs?
Dinosaurs were not the only animals to live during the Jurassic. Other reptiles, amphibians, and even mammals lived alongside the dinosaurs, leaving behind fossils and other traces. Discover who lived in the shadows of dinosaurs.
The Dinosaurs' World
Travel back in time to Dinosaur National Monument, 149 million years ago, and encounter a place very different than what we see today. Learn more about the environment that gave rise to these gigantic creatures.
Hunting for Dinosaurs
Even in a place rich with fossils, finding a dinosaur takes skill and luck. Paleontologists explore for signs of anciet animals not just in the fossil-rich Morrison Formation, but many other sites. Learn more about some of our recent excavations.
Starting in 1909, Earl Douglass discovered and excavated fossils in what is now Dinosaur National Monument. Scientists continue that work today. Meet the people behind the dinosaurs.
Saving the Dinosaurs
Their bones may have survived for 149 million years, but the threats to fossils are many, from erosion to theft. During the summer of 2012, paleontologists were seen working along the quarry cliff face, but they weren't excavating bones. Learn what paleontologists are doing to protect our fossils.
Seeing Dinosaurs Today
While you can see dinosaur bones in place in the Carnegie Quarry at Dinosaur National Monument, many museums have displays of reassembled fossil skeletons. Many fo the dinosaurs that were excavated from Dinosaur National Monument are featured at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Find out what is takes to mount these large skeletons.
Did You Know?
Split Mountain, the name John Wesley Powell gave to one of the Dinosaur’s most recognizable features, is aptly named: over millions of years, the Green River has carved a canyon into the center of the mountain, splitting it in two.