how to clean fossils at home

How to Clean Fossils at Home: Beginners’ Guide

Congratulations, you’ve found a fossil! What are the next steps to ensure it lasts a long time in your collection? How can you make sure it looks the best for display? Before starting, it’s important to have a safe and well-equipped workspace. Once you have that, gather the necessary tools for cleaning and preparing your fossils. Lastly, consider how you … Read More

are plastic dinosaurs made from real ones

Are Plastic Dinosaurs Made From Real Ones?

We’ve all seen the meme suggesting that since plastics are made from oil, toy dinosaurs are made from real dinosaurs. Pretty ironic, right? The belief that plastic dinosaurs came from the remains of ancient ones is amusing, but are plastic dinosaurs made from real ones? While it’s true that plastics include petroleum products such as crude oil, natural gas, and … Read More

unique dinosaur gifts for adults

10 Unique Dinosaur Gifts for Adults

I get it. You have a dinosaur nerd like me that you’re trying to shop for and are overwhelmed by decision paralysis. This is why you’re here. We have multiple articles on this site featuring great dinosaur gifts that many people would enjoy, such as this list of 15 dinosaur books for adults. Maybe you’re creative and would prefer to … Read More

why did dinosaurs eat rocks

Why Did Dinosaurs Eat Rocks? [Exploring Gastroliths]

In the movie Jurassic Park, the guests take a detour and discover a sick Triceratops. This scene leads to the iconic “that’s one big pile of shit” comment, as our tourists search the area for clues. Dr. Sattler makes a key discovery that the movie never explains. She points out some West Indian Lilac (Tetrazyiga bicolor) near the dinosaur dung … Read More

why did dinosaurs have small arms

Why Did Dinosaurs Have Small Arms?

T. rex receives the most attention for being a massive dinosaur with short arms. It’s not the only dinosaur like this. While some dinosaurs such as Deinocheirus were known for their extremely long arms, some dinosaurs had even shorter arms than T. rex. It’s a question that researchers tackled as it may provide clues that will help us understand more … Read More

why did crocodiles survive the dinosaur extinction

Why Did Crocodiles Survive the Dinosaur Extinction?

As any dinosaur nerd can tell you, the non-avian dinosaurs all died at the end of the Cretaceous when an asteroid struck the Earth around 66 million years ago. There are countless media references to this devastating extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs. But what about the crocodiles? Why did crocodiles survive the dinosaur extinction? The asteroid impact drove many … Read More

How Did Aquatic Dinosaurs Die Out

How Did Aquatic Dinosaurs Die Out?

Some of the most well-known groups of prehistoric animals from the Mesozoic Era are the so-called aquatic dinosaurs, and for good reason: they’re large, fearsome, apex predators. So how did aquatic dinosaurs die out? Some of these creatures have even starred in the recent Jurassic World franchise, further enhancing their fame. The oversized Mosasaurus from Jurassic World elevated the notoriety … Read More

Jurassic Park Phylogeny

Jurassic Park Phylogeny [Clarifying Relationships]

What can be learned from Jurassic Park phylogeny? Hopefully, this article will clarify most of the uncertainty and popular misconceptions surrounding the animals shown on screen. The article covers the current consensus and explains the uncertainties of the relationships of the prehistoric animals featured in the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films, both to each other and other animals. A … Read More

did dinosaurs have feathers or scales

Did Dinosaurs Have Feathers or Scales?

Most people have seen depictions of Tyrannosaurus a thousand times: they’re fearsome, likely hungry given their invariably open mouths, and covered in lizard-like scales. Some artists, however, take a different approach. These deviants show the beloved T. rex covered in feathers. While most people reject change for simply psychological reasons, others may wonder if they’ve been wrong all these years. … Read More