Dinosaur Discoveries



About the Exhibit

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas reveals a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like. The exhibit opens on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9am and will be at the Ela Area Public Library through Sunday, January 5, 2020.

The exhibition is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (www.amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; the Houston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.

Exhibition Highlights

How Dinosaurs Moved:

  • A full-size cast skeleton leg of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • A T. rex video depicting how experts in biomechanics and paleontology are teaming up to estimate the typical speed and gait of a rampaging tyrannosaur.
  • A stunning model of an Apatosaurus neck skeleton and a video displaying a computer animation of its movement.

The Liaoning Forest:
This diorama depicts a section of a 130-million-year-old forest that existed in what is now Liaoning Province, China where fossil discoveries have shed light on the origins of birds, mammals, feathers, flight, and flowering plants.

How Dinosaurs Behaved:
Life-sized models and skeleton casts illustrate theories on the purposes of unusual horns, frills, crests, and domes found on many dinosaur skulls—were they used for defense, mate recognition, or display?

  • A case featuring various skulls, plates, and other armor.
  • Twin life-size models of Protoceratops—one skeleton, the other fully fleshed out.

Visitors can explore the hard evidence for theories on the possible events that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, including asteroid impact, global climate change, and massive volcanic eruptions. Learn about the descendants of dinosaurs that walk among us today.

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From October through December, we will host a number of dinosaur-related events for patrons of all ages to enjoy. To register, click here for our Events page.

See our Dinosaur Events brochure here.

Upcoming Dinosaur Events:

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1. How long will the exhibit be here? The exhibit will be at the library from October 5, 2019 until January 5, 2020.

2. Do we need to pay to attend the exhibit? No, the exhibit and related programs are free of charge.

3. Is the exhibit ADA accessible? Yes, and wheelchairs are available on request. We will also host an Accessibility Hour from 11:00 am-noon on Sunday, November 17 for those with special needs who would like to see the exhibit during a quieter and gentler time.

4. Where does the exhibit come from? The exhibit is on loan from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.

5. Which dinosaurs are featured? Triceratops, Protoceratops, T-rex, Stegosaurus and others.

6. Are these real bones or casts? The exhibit includes casts and models.

7. My group would like a tour. Who should we contact? The exhibit itself is self-explanatory with informative panels and videos. A self-guided tour/activity is available for younger kids and can be picked up in the Children’s Department. The exhibit is available for you to view anytime the library is open.

8. Can we touch the dinosaurs? Most of the exhibit is not hands on. The parts that are will be clearly marked.

9. What age is the exhibit for? Visitors of all ages will enjoy the exhibit.

10. We are visiting from out of town. Do you have any restaurant suggestions? Yes! Please click here for a variety of restaurants nearby. Please note the library does not have an eatery, we only allow tidy snacks.

11. Do you have a map of the exhibit? Yes, please click here to see where exhibit elements are located in the library.

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Press Release -- Dinosaurs Take Over the Ela Area Public Library

For Educators

A detailed educators’ guide about the exhibit, exploring how to tie the contents in with school curriculum is available for download here: https://www.amnh.org/content/download/92636/1846389/version/1/file/Dinos...

More information and activities for the classroom are available on the American Museum of Natural History’s website: https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/dinosaurs-activi...

The library will offer tours of the exhibit to kindergarten and first grade classes in our library district in October. For more information, please email Katie Less at kless@eapl.org.

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More Info

Links to articles about dinosaurs from the American Museum of Natural History: https://www.amnh.org/dinosaurs

Dinosaur games for kids from the American Museum of Natural History: https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology/paleontology

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