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The Science of Salt Lake City Continued…

My trip in Salt Lake City, Utah, continues this week and I have more photos to share, exploring reptilian, dinosaur, and mammalian evolutions. Following our trip to the Natural History Museum, we visited the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point. Though the building looks like a dino-decorated movie theater from the outside, inside it actually has an impressive collection of fossils and replicas. (In fact, it actually has more specimens on display than the NHM.) So here is a visual tour through Utah’s Museum of Ancient Life.

Eryops, an early transition amphibian that lived about 295 million years ago.


Dimetrodon, a large synapsid reptile that went extinct about 40 million years before the earliest dinosaurs arose.


Herrerasaurus, one of the earliest known dinosaurs, named for the rancher who discovered it.


Othnielia, a tiny ornithischian dinosaur.


Goniopholis, an ancient (and modestly-sized) crocodile.


A Camarasaurus skull, a herbivore that is the most common of the sauropods found in North America.


Ceratosaurus, standing over a Camarasaurus carcass. It’s name means “horned lizard”, for the small horn above its nose. It lived during the late Jurassic period.


Hesperosaurus, a type of stegasaur who lived about 156 million years ago.


Camptosaurus, a herbivore that lived during the Late Jurassic period.


Tanycolagreus topwilsoni, a theropod from the Late Jurassic in North America. The primary representative specimen of the species is held at the Museum of Ancient Life.


Utahraptor, a theropod dinosaur, the largest of the family Dromaeosauridae. It lived during the early Cretaceous period.


Two T-rexes.


Tylosaurus proriger, the largest of the marine reptilian mososaurs at up to 50 feet in length.


Archelon ischyros, the largest turtle to have ever lived.


An extinct species of pygmy elephant that died out only about 10,000 years ago.


Well, that concludes my tour of the Museum of Ancient Life in Salt Lake City, Utah. I highly recommend a visit to this and the NHM if you stop by Salt Lake. There are plenty more specimens on display I haven’t shown here. This was just to wet your whistle. 😉 Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour.

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