The Children’s Museum has selected paleontological experts from top museums and universities from around the world to form an international team of experts. More than 100 scientists from three countries are joining forces to work in the Morrison Formation in Wyoming to reveal dramatic new secrets of the world millions of years ago.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum will serve as the Mission Jurassic project leader. The museum’s current Dinosphere exhibit at the world’s largest children’s museum has captivated more than 15 million visitors since it opened in 2004, inspiring new generations of explorers and scientists. Visitors are introduced to some of the finest examples of past life including a rare mummified dinosaur named Leonardo and Dracorex hogwartsia. The first T. rex ever discovered with a wishbone (furcula) and a Gorgosaur with a brain tumor are among other amazing fossils found there. A working Paleo Prep Lab at the museum allows visitors to touch real fossils while paleontologists work on real bones and learn the stories behind them.
The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester provides two of its academic staff working with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as Extraordinary Scientists-in-Residence, Prof. Phil Manning (Chair of Natural History) and Dr. Victoria Egerton (Research Fellow). The university is the largest single-site university in the UK, with the biggest student community. In total, 25 Nobel Prize winners have worked or studied there.
The Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum's founder, ground-breaking palaeontologist Sir Richard Owen, first coined the term ‘dinosaur’ meaning ‘terrible lizard.’ Today, the museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research center, and through its unique collection and unrivaled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases, and managing resource scarcity. The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; welcoming over five million visitors each year.
The Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Naturalis is dedicated to exploring our planet’s biodiversity both past and present. With a collection of 42 million specimens and over 200 researchers working across the globe to describe and understand biodiversity, the center plays an important role in biodiversity discovery and outreach. Their brand new, state-of-the-art museum will reopen this summer, and will host an impressive dinosaur exhibit. The museum houses one of the world's best-preserved Tyrannosaurus specimens, which was excavated by their in-house team of paleontologists in 2013.