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VIRTUAL TOUR

ROCKY MOUNTAIN

DINOSAUR RESOURCE CENTER

WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO

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(north of Colorado Springs, adjacent to the Florissant Formation of fossils).  Here is info on how there used to be palm trees in Colorado:

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A superb facility to have FUN learning about dinosaurs, watch them being preserved, and visit one of the best museum gift shops ever.  It takes a lot to make us stop and look, and we spent considerable time here.

  DINOSAUR EXHIBIT
A lively scene in the lobby, Albertosaurus vs. Edmontosaurus

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Struthiomimus altus 

(ostrich mimic dinosaur)

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"Sandy", the world's only partial skeleton of Pachycephalosaurus wyomingensis

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Champosaurus laramiensis, a crocodile-like dinosaur

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Bambiraptor feinbergi, a "bambino" baby raptor found by a 14-year old amateur fossil hunter!

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Concoraptor gracillis (means "slender conch shell thief), a beaked theropod

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Oviraptor

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Oreodont

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Psittacosaurus mongoliensis, a beaked dinosaur

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FOSSIL BUGS
Cricket

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Praying mantis

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Grasshopper

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SEA DINOSAURS
Xiphactinus audax "Sword-ray" FISH

The LARGEST bony fish that ever lived, it grew up to 18' long, distantly related to tarpon.  It had a voracious appetite, swallowed fish whole, some six feet or more in length.  There are fossils excavated showing a "fish within the fish" such as this fossil found in Kansas in 1982.  We have vertebrae of these fish for sale on Fossils Page 3

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Mosasaurus and related sea monsters:

Plioplatecarpus sp.

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Ichthyodectes ctenodon, "fish biter with comb teeth", the "smaller" 6-12 foot version of the Xiphactinus

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Modern crocodile skull for comparison

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Elasmosaurus platyurus, nicknamed "Cope's Mistake" due to the good doctor's error of putting the head on the tail at first:

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SHARK FOSSILS
Cretoxyrhina shark jaw, associated vertebrae & teeth.   This shark was nicknamed the "Ginsu shark" after the kitchen knife that "slices & dices", it was such a large (up to 25' long) & fearsome predator shark.  Serrated teeth measured up to 2" long.

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Associated vertebrae of the Squalicorax shark, another Cretaceous age shark

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Helicoprion shark

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Shark coprolite (poop!)

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While we're at it, here's mammal poop too:

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Yes!  This is SHARK PUKE:

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OTHER ODDITIES
Ceratopsian brow horn (a beaked, horned herbivorous dinosaur that looks a bit like the Triceratops

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Forked Neural arch of a Malosaur

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A superb fossil prep room, that rivals that of the Smithsonian in how much can be viewed.  What a tremendous teaching tool:

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