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Leapin' Lizards! CyberBee has time warped back over 65 million years to the Mesozoic Era known as the age of the dinosaurs. Aren't Jurassic Park, the Legend of the Loch Ness monster, and the original Lost World enough? Not for CyberBee. Tarpits, arid lands, and stream beds have been part of his itinerary to dig up theories on why dinosaurs disappeared, to learn about their habitats, to find out if scientists can recreate them from ancient DNA, and to answer why they resemble modern birds. Let's begin this adventure withCyberBee as he takes us to ground zero of modern paleontology.

HISTORY

Paper Dinosaurs
1824-1969

Highlighting this extraordinary exhibit is original source material from the collections of the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City, Missouri. The curators have gathered over 80 printed works about dinosaur discoveries and lore such as why one scientist called T-Rex Teddysaurus. You will learn about the pioneers, read their findings, and view over 136 impressive dinosaur drawings and images. Any student researching or investigating the history of paleontology will want to make a stop here.

Hadrosaurus foulkii

Visit Haddonfield, New Jersey, to view the area where the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in 1858 by William Parker Foulke. This single discovery changed scientific thinking about dinosaurs forever. As the focus shifted to newer finds and bigger bones, the importance of this event faded. It wasn't until 1984 when a local boy scout decided to reestablish the site as a community service project that Hadrosaurus foulkii received proper recognition. In 1994, it became a National Historic Site. An excellent, easy-to-understand history of the location is presented along with numerous photographs, drawings, and maps. A link to Fossils of New Jersey discusses the geologic history of the East Coast.

REFERENCE

Dinosaurs Facts and Fiction

From a scientific viewpoint the study of dinosaurs is important both for understanding the causes of past major extinctions of land animals and for understanding the changes in biological diversity caused by previous geological and climatic changes of the Earth. These changes are still occurring today. A wealth of new information about dinosaurs has been learned over the past 30 years, and science's old ideas of dinosaurs as slow, clumsy beasts have been totally turned around. This pamphlet contains answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions. Although much has been discovered recently about dinosaurs, there is still a great deal more to learn about our planet and its ancient inhabitants.

Dinosaur Images for Kids

Read interesting facts and information about how big dinosaurs were, when they lived, where their fossils were found and much more. Theres are many images to browse.

MUSEUMS

American Museum of Natural History

Who are the people behind the bones? What contributions did they make to paleontology? Personalities in Paleontology showcases 10 leading individuals, complete with a picture and short biography. Ever wonder what the environment would look like during geologic history? An artist's depiction in the Timelines section lets you imagine a scene from a specific period and explains the habitat. How should T-Rex be mounted for display? To find the current theory, click on six new halls. Vertebrate evolution is illustrated with numerous drawings.

Dinosauria University of California at Berkeley

This is one of the best places for finding general information about dinosaurs. Learn all about current research in Dinosbuzz, a newsletter that gives a thorough explanation of the theories on extinction, the relationship with birds, and the differences between fact and fiction of dinosaurs portrayed in the movies. To better understand the groups of dinosaurs, read dinosaur diversity and dispelling myths. Join Sam Welles, professor emeritus, on a narrated tour of his discovery of Dilophosaurus beginning in the summer of 1942. Find out why the name changed after several years of investigation and how he viewed Dilophosaurus as a movie star in Jurassic Park. In addition, the site is searchable, has a glossary of terms, and links to the geologic time machine.

Royal Tyrrell Museum

Want to dig for fossils or save the dinosaurs? There are numerous choices for all ages. Trips range from day digs to lengthier field experiences. World renowned paleontologists lead you on fascinating journeys throughout North America. On the Great Canadian Fossil Trail, you will be linked to locations in western Canada. All ages will want to browse the virtual museum. It is loaded with facts and pictures.

MORE MUSEUMS

Museum of Western Colorado
Field Museum of Natural History
New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

There are other notable museums to visit for virtual tours, area information, and images. Donít miss the Sue Website at the Field Museum. Then, journey through other dinosaur exhibit areas. Check out the forecast for the Triassic period by dialing 1-900 CLIMATE for an audio recording. Round out you visit in the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods for an overview of dinosaurs that lived during those times.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science focuses on local digs. Lots of good information about their state fossil.

MISCELLANEOUS

Trace Fossils
Prem's Fossil Gallery

In our zeal to focus on the dinosaurs themselves, we often overlook the area of trace fossils. These are tracks, trails, burrows, borings, gnawings, eggs, nests, gizzard stones, and dung. An excellent place to learn more about this subject is at Emory University's Trace Fossils site.

All of your aspiring rock hounds will want to read Fossil Hunting FAQ at Prem's Fossil Gallery. This amateur collector has assembled a top-notch display of trilobites, graphtolites, and fossil plants.

LESSONS

Discovery Education
Dinosaur Teacher's Guide from Scholastic
Dinosaurs Home Page Southwest Educational Development Laboratory

From a comprehensive unit designed for kindergartners at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory site, to To Scholastic's wealth of material, teachers will want to look through the list of lessons. Book resources, hands-on activities, dinosaur recipes, songs, and lots of suggestions will be found at these educational sites.

FUN STUFF

Scholastic Build a Dinosaur
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Dino Hunt
Prehistoric World Images
SEDL Dinosaur Clip Art
PBS 3-D Images

Donít miss Dinosphere at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Build a dinosaur at Scholastic. Send a friend dino postcards from Prehistoric World Images. Put together flip books of the Albertosaurus or Triceratops at the Field Museum.Learn how to print a 3-dino at the PBS. Grab the cool clip art from SEDL's Dinosaurs. Students will love it. Purchase the Dino Hunt card game and try capturing dinosaurs for a modern day zoo. But watch out for the charging T-Rex.

HAPPY DINO TRACKING!

CyberBee has time warped back over 65 million years to the ... age of the dinosaurs.

Originally Published Sep/Oct 1997

Updated March 14, 2015
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