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Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World


Paleo Prep Lab construction update:

June 10, 2019
BIG...very big...changes are starting in Dinosphere®! The Polly H. Hix Paleo Prep Lab window and nearby areas are closed through the fall as construction takes place on a new Paleo Prep Lab for the Mission Jurassic project. This addition will provide the necessary space and equipment to prepare the huge Jurassic fossils coming to the museum. Here's what we have planned while this space is closed:

  • Our extraordinary Dionsphere staff will be in the exhibit sharing updates on the progress at the Wyoming dig site and the latest news on the Paleo Lab construction
  • Find touchable Jurassic fossils throughout our galleries—including a brachiosaur femur in Diosphere and a Barosaurus femur located in the Paleo Art Gallery on Level 2—you can allways see ALL the real fossils on display in the exhibit
  • Lab volunteers will tke a break from their work to bring fossils and samples from the dig site out to you, sharing what it's like to prep fossils in the Lab
  • A temporary lab space will be set up behind-the-scenes so our Paleo Lab team can continue to prep the Jurassic fossils even as their space is being updated

Paleo Art GalleryNow You’re in Their World

Thundering footsteps. Unusual plants. A brilliantly colored sky and changing weather. Where are you? You’ve been transported to the land of dinosaurs—over 65 million years ago. Be on the lookout! Tyrannosaurs, Triceratops, Maiasauras, and more are roaming nearby.

  • Come face to face with full-size dinosaur skeletons.
  • Dig for dinosaur bones.
  • See one of the largest displays of juvenile dinosaur fossils in the world.
  • Touch an authentic T. rex bone.

This exhibit is located on the Lower Level and Level 1. 

Significant Specimens

Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur

Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur

Leonardo is arguably the most scientifically important dinosaur ever discovered. When this fossilized Brachylophosaurus was carefully unearthed in the Montana Badlands in 2002, researchers had their first real look at the skin, the scales, the foot pads, and even the stomach contents of the behemoths that roamed the planet 77 million years ago.

Bucky the Teenage T. rex

Bucky the Teenage T. rex

Bucky is the sixth most complete T. rex ever found and the first teenage T. rex put on permanent display in a museum. He’s also the first T. rex to be identified with a furcula, or collar bone. Bucky was named after the young rancher and rodeo cowboy Bucky Derflinger who discovered Bucky in 1998.

Dracorex Hogwartsia

Dracorex Hogwartsia

Dracorex hogwartsia is a dinosaur that is new to science, and it bears a close resemblance to a fairy-tale dragon, with its bony head covered in spikes and knobs. A team of museum scientists officially named the new dinosaur species Dracorex hogwartsia, the “Dragon King of Hogwarts.” to celebrate Hogwarts, the academy for wizards in the Harry Potter novels.

Mission Jurassic

Announcing: Mission Jurassic!

Mission Jurassic is a $27.5 million project that will bring together more than 100 scientists from three countries to explore and excavate a fossil-rich dinosaur dig site in Wyoming, known as The Jurassic Mile. The site is a treasure trove of Jurassic fossil bones, trackways, and preserved plant life from millions of years ago, that will lead to never-before-told stories about the Jurassic Period.

Learn More 

Leonardo: The Mummified Dinosaur and the Dinosphere website are presented by The Scott A. Jones Foundation.

Mission Jurassic is made possible through lead gift support from Lilly Endowment Inc., with major support provided by Susie and Jack Sogard.