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Quick Time movie of making track castings with my nieces.

 

 

Quick Time movie of the animals in the park.

This page links to the Dinosaur State Park web site: www.dinosaurstatepark.org and www.peabody.yale.edu

Web page, photos, and QuickTime videos created by J. Naungayan. Video filmed by J. and K. Florido. - Sept. 2004

Also in Connecticut is the Peabody Museum at Yale. The fossils of the fish and turtle (on the left photo) prove that many animals were huge.

The Deinonychus (Terrible Claw) is the North American cousin of the Velociraptor. Yale scientist, John H. Ostrom, discovered the fossils in Montana in 1964. By studying the fossils, he found that they were fast and intelligent, stood on three of its five toes like modern birds, and used a claw on their second toe to kill prey.

Yale Peabody Natural History Museum

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The fossil tracks at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut were unearthed in 1966 when workers were constructing a state building. In 1968 the park opened. Scientists discovered that the tracks were made by a dinosaur called, Eubrontes (the official state dinosaur of Connecticut). The dinosaurs left these footprints in the mud over 20 million years ago.

Only a portion of the tracks are on display under a geodesic (triangular) dome. From May to October, visitors can make their own plaster casting of a dinosaur track. Plants in the small arboretum around the dome represent plants that the dinosaurs in the Jurassic era would have eaten (conifers, ginkgoes, ferns). You can also hike over two miles of trails around the park and find animals camouflaged in their surroundings, like turtles climbing over bark or frogs and turtles hiding in the swamp.

Dinosaur Fossils in Connecticut

Dinosaur State Park