Dinosaurs Prehistoric Animals Dinosaur Fossils Museums in Connecticut Mica Geodesic Dome

Dinosaurs and other reptiles began two hundred million years ago. “During the Jurassic Period, the Connecticut Valley contained many shallow and temporary lakes, with alot of mudflats,” according to Geology_of_Connecticut website by Lisa Alter.
Mudflats covered in mica prevented mud from sticking to dinosaurs’ feet, keeping dinosaur footprints well preserved.
Edward_Hitchcock gave dinosaur footprints the name Eubrontes in 1845. Most likely, from the dinosaur family, Dilophosaurus. The size of Eubrontes are 16 to 20 inches in size with three long toes and a heel.

One of the largest dinosaur track sites in New England is Dinosaur State Park . Dinosaur tracks in its natural well-being are displayed under the park’s geodesic_dome.
Environmental Educator Coordinator, Meg Enkler says, “We are an unusual Museum. Instead of bringing fossils and artifacts to a museum, we brought the museum to the fossils. You can see dinosaur tracts, right where the dinosaurs left them two million years ago!”

Located at 400 West Street, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA 06067, Phone number 860.529.8423, Email: [email protected], Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Trails close at 4 p.m., Closed Mondays. Cost: $5 adults and teens 13 & over, $2 youth 6 to 12, $50 Heritage Pass for 2 adults and 4 youth with unlimited admission to Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle, Free to children ages 5 and under & Charter Oak Pass Holders. Go to http://www.dinosaurstatepark.org for more information.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. The museum displays the history of Earth, its life and its cultures. An original size bronze statue of the Torosaurus_latus is seen next to the museum. Deputy Director/Assistant Director, Jane Pickering says, “We have a few tracks of dinosaurs, but we mostly display big dinosaurs from the Wild West.”

Museum Instructor, Armand Morgan says the museum, “is one of the best places to see real dinosaur_bones. We have mounted skeletons of Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Centrosaurus, Camptosaurus and Camarasaurus in our Great Hall.” According to Morgan, a Wyoming palenthologist in 1879 discovered The Apatosaurus, formerly known as Brontosaurus. He says, “Deinonychus was discovered by Yale paleontologist John Ostrom and other prehistoric_animals displays include marine reptiles like mosasaurs, flying reptiles like Pteranodon and Ice Age mammals like a mastodon and a saber-toothed cat.”
One of the world largest murals painted by Rudolph_Zallinger is also on display. The painting allows visitors to become familiar with the history of the Earth Devonian period 362 million years ago to the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago based on scientific knowledge of prehistoric plants and animals. Pickering says, “My favorite displays are fossil plants and birds that have teeth. They are incredibility rare birds called Hesperornis and related to dinosaurs.”
Morgan says, “It’s one of the largest and oldest university museums with over 12 million specimens.” He says, “I’m amazed that the Museum started collecting fossils in the late 1800’s and still sends out teams of explorers to successfully discover and recover new fossils every year.”

Located at 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 06511, Phone numbers, Info line 203.432.5050 Membership line 203.432.5426, Membership, Email: [email protected], Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 5 p.m., Cost: $7 Adults, $6 seniors 65 and plus, $5 children 3 to 18 and College students with ID, $3 Group admission, Free individual admission on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. months of Sept. thru June. Groups of eight or more require advance reservations. Children under three are also free – Closed major holidays http://www.peabody.yale.edu

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science originally was the home of a wealthy textile merchant Robert_Moffat_Bruce who bought the property in 1858. Bruce donated his home in 1908 for purposes of being a historical, natural history and art museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. Assistant Public Relations, Cynthia Ethlinger says, “It is an unusual museum that specializes in both art and science, offering exhibitions and specialized programs. We help people make connections that they might not otherwise make.”

The museum offers educational programs, events and exhibitions. Two special programs include, Digging for Dinosaurs, December 13, 2008 to July 26, 2009. There are various types of fossils from leg bones, footprints, teeth and eggshells that remain from million of years ago. Learn how dinosaurs lived through geologists observations and compare your observation with board games to computerized Cat (CT) scan and microscopes. The second exhibition is by painters and sculptors displaying skeletal and fossil remains of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs: The Arts of Reconstruction, February 7, 2009 to June 14, 2009. You can see this exhibition at the Bantle Lecture Gallery by calling ahead or checking the calendar_online to see when the gallery is available.

Located at One Museum Drive, Greenwich, Connecticut, 06830, Phone number: 203.869.6786, E-mail: [email protected], Hours: Tuesday Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Museum Store closes at 4:30 p.m., Closed Major Holidays, Cost: $7 adults, $6 students ages 5 to 22 with student IDs & seniors 65 plus, Free to children under five. Free individual admission on Tuesdays. Go to http://www.brucemuseum.org for more information.

Ethlinger says, “We offer programs and exhibitions that almost any age can find fascinating from young children to educated adults.”