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Meet the ancient rulers of our planet as you examine fossil replicas of dinosaurs and prehistoric sea creatures. Orlando Science Center showcases the dinosaurs in their disparate land and aquatic settings as guests become part of a paleontological excavation site.
Uncover 'fossils' in the dig pit and examine fossilized dino eggs
Explore displays that feature ancient land and marine reptiles
Compare reptiles and dinosaurs to see similarities and differences
Discover denizens of the ancient oceans such as Elasmosaurus and Tylosaurus
It’s a great time for paleontology. I know, I’m the first guy to say “It’s always a great time for paleontology” but believe me, this time, it’s a great time for Paleontology!
In the last few weeks, we’ve made incredible leaps and bounds in our understanding of the natural world. Scientists in Canada, Australia, and Japan successfully cloned blood protein from a Siberian Wooly Mammoth, bringing us one step closer to successfully cloning an extinct animal (The Pyrenean Ibex, an extinct goat, was cloned in 2009, but did not survive.) Scientists are optimistic, some predicting oogenesis (living embryos) in the next two years, and giant fuzzy elephants in zoos in less than five years!
STAN the T. rex is a truly spectacular display that you can only see in DinoDigs... Or Indianapolis... Or London... Or California... Or Arizona... Or Japan.
What gives? How can the same dinosaur be in so many places at once?
(Originally posted June 6, 2009) - Dinosaur fossils are fragile pieces of the puzzle of Earth's history. When we do find them (and it is tough - even if you know where to look) they are often broken up or missing pieces. Even STAN was missing about 30% of his skeleton when he was discovered. How do scientists bring them back for us to view in museums around the world?
We make copies! (or Casts, as we call them!) It's okay, because if scientists didn't do that, the whole world would only have about 3 or 4 complete T. rex skeletons altogether (and a ton of spare parts!)
(Originally posted May 3, 2009) - It's the most dramatic change in DinoDigs history! Moving a 14,000 pound predator is harder than it sounds - taking hours of meticulous labor by three dedicated individuals to achieve, but the king is back on his throne! So why the change?
In recent months, you may have noticed several changes to our dinosaur exhibit. You can delight your little paleontologists with new programming options like DinoSafari—our roving exhibit tour, fresh interactive experiences like the life-sized Velociraptor puzzle and the dinosaur song station, and even new case displays of local prehistory, with help from our friends from Florida Fossil Hunters.
But the most dramatic change in DinoDigs history occurred during the last week of February, as we redesigned the floor layout and brought Stan the T. rex front and center in the middle of DinoDigs. And he is an awe-inspiring sight!