Meet the Dinos of Dinosphere
Come one, come all and see the amazing, gargantuan, incredible, indescribable reptiles of Dinosphere. From the first moment that dinosaur bones were discovered, these ancient giants have captured the imaginations of those young and old. Our team of paleontologists, scientists, educators, and exhibit designers have created a one-of-a-kind experience in Dinosphere where you come face-to-face with a T. rex, a Triceratops and more! The immersive design, complete with thunder and lightning shows, house some of the most spectacular specimens of dinosaur bones on the planet.
Did you know? There are thirteen dinosaur skeletons on the main floor of Dinosphere! Get to know some of our favorite residents on display....
Meet the Gorgosaur
Gorgosaurus means "fearsome lizard” and lived sometime around 70 or 80 million years ago. This meat-eating dino is a cousin to the popular T. rex. This fossil is remarkably intact and has much to teach us about how dinosaurs lived.
Meet Bucky the Teenage T. rex
Bucky may have been a teenaged dino when he died, but he was almost as large as his Tyrannosaurus rex brothers. The name Tyrannosaurus rex means “terrible lizard king,” and at 10 feet tall and 34 feet long, this dino was one of the largest meat eaters of his day.
Meet Frannie the Prenoceratops
Frannie, like other Prenoceratops, lived in what is today land that makes up the Western United States and Australia. Frannie was small for a dinosaur - only about three feet tall and 150 pounds. Like its cousin, the Triceratops, Frannie had a large bird-like beak that were used to snap and eat plants.
Meet Kelsey the Triceratops
Triceratops get their name from the three (tri) horns on their massive heads. With a weight equal to six cars, Kelsey the Triceratops would have been quite a sight to see as she walked around 65 million years ago looking for some plants to eat.
Meet the Hypacrosaur Family
You may know the Hypacrosaur as a “duck-billed” dinosaur. A large group of duck-billed fossils were discovered in Montana where scientists believe they may have died in a flood. But don’t worry, our dinosphere is nice and dry.
Meet Stan the T. rex
Stan the T. rex is another of our “terrible lizard king” fossils in Dinosphere. He was found in the state of South Dakota and can tell us a lot about what a T. rex ate. For instance, since his teeth were worn down, scientists have hypothesized that he ate meat from a fresh kill instead of living the life of a scavenger eating rotten, soft meat.
Meet the Bambiraptor
Don’t let the cute name fool you, this isn’t a cartoon deer. The Bambiraptor was a small meat-eating dinosaur that was only one foot tall. This species has a lot of similarities with modern day birds and some scientists think the Bambiraptor may have even flown.
Meet Dracorex hogwartsia
The name means “Dragon king of Hogwarts” but this is no fairytale creature. It received the name because the spikey-headed dino has a strong resemblance to mythical dragons. The Dracorex hogwartsia is a relatively recent discovery and is teaching us many new and exciting things about dinosaurs.
Meet the Maiasaura
Maiasaura was large, 12 to 15 feet tall and more than 30 feet long. But don’t worry, they only are herbavores. Their mouths were filled with many tiny teeth used to grind and chew plants unlike the large sharp teeth of carnivores like the T. rex.
Meet the Didelphodon
Didelphodon lived 65 million years ago at the same time of the dinosaurs, but it wasn’t a dinosaur at all. It was a small mammal! When the dinosaurs went extinct the agile and small mammals like the Didelphodon were able to survive.