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From April 16th-24th, everyone visiting the museum will be charged the kids admission fee no matter what age! We will also be having a special egg hunt included in the admission fee! Keep in mind that we are closed on Wednesdays and will be closed on Easter Sunday; so plan your visit accordingly! Hope to see you very soon!
It's , stop by and give us a visit! We are open everyday (except Wednesdays) from 10am-4pm!
There is less than 2 weeks to lock in the early bird rate for our Discovery Summer Program! At our unique summer camp, your child will learn that science is not only essential but super fun! Each day brings new activities, so your child will never be bored. This special early bird deal ends March 15th so don't miss out! You can find more info and the registration form here: https://www.cstl.org/discovery-summer-program/
Visitors to the museum at CSTL also get a chance to interact with our staff and volunteers. Jay is showing some young visitors a snake and discussing how snakes can help us learn more about all living and extinct creatures, including DINOSAURS!
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Beautiful weekend ahead! Looking forward to our open house Saturday (2/12) from 10a-12p and Sunday (2/13) from 1p-3p. No registration necessary, just come on in! Hope to see you there!
Monday may have just rolled back in but we are so ready for the upcoming weekend! We have exciting events planned here at CSTL! Bring the family out Friday night for an Evening with the Dinos! Join us Saturday and Sunday at our open house; get to know our staff and what CSTL is all about! Get up close and personal with some of our animals on Sunday at the Family Animal Show! You can register for these programs here: https://www.cstl.org/events/
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Congratulations to our raffle winner, Barrett Campbell! Barrett took home a dinosaur themed basket filled with different dinosaur goodies. Enter our February raffle when you come in to visit us and view our dinosaur exhibit! You may be our next lucky winner!
Due to the weather, Nature's Kids will be closed tomorrow, Friday, January 7th. Stay safe and warm
OUR PALEONTOLOGIST RATES THE JURASSIC WORLD DOMINION PROLOGUE. READ BELOW:
How did the dinosaurs and pterosaurs look? 9 / 10
For once in a Jurassic World movie, the dinosaurs look pretty good. Everything that should have feathers has feathers. Pterosaurs are known for being covered in something called “pycnofibers”, which are a little bit like fur (in some species they even look like simple feathers), and the pterosaurs in this prologue looked a little fuzzy, as they should. The body parts on all the dinosaurs look about the right size and shape.
How accurate was the environment? 6 / 10
It looks like the prologue is meant to take place in North America at the very end of the Cretaceous period, about 68-65 million years ago. The best places to find fossils from this time period are in the Scollard and Frenchman Formations of Canada, the Hell Creek and Lance Formations in Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas, and the Ojo Alamo and Javelina Formations in Texas.
There definitely shouldn’t be any baobab trees in North America at the end of the Cretaceous period. Those are only found in Madagascar. In North America, paleontologists mostly find fossils of trees such as bald cypress, metasequoia, monkey puzzle, palms, and magnolias. Picture something like the Florida panhandle. I’m deducting a point for the baobab trees.
The scene with the horned dinosaur herd was better, with more Hell Creek-appropriate palm trees.
The other obvious inaccuracy is the Giganotosaurus (the large predator that fights T. rex), which lived tens of millions of years earlier than T. rex and on a different continent, South America. T. rex is the only known carnivorous theropod of that size in North America at the end of the Cretaceous period. They should have just made it another T. rex, which would have been both movie-friendly and accurate: most T. rex skulls show extensive and often healed-over bite damage on their snouts, showing that fighting between them was common and intense.
The other slightly out-of-place animal is the ceratopsian (the horned, frilled dinosaurs). The prologue seems to be showing a herd of Nasutoceratops, which would have lived 8-10 million years earlier than T. rex (though in the same place, at least), whereas Triceratops would be the correct Hell Creek horned dinosaur. I actually don't want to deduct points for that, though, because I like that they went with a lesser-appreciated ceratopsian rather than the Triceratops everyone knows. 8 million years is a little inaccurate but not terribly so, and they both lived in western North America.
The late Cretaceous of North America is famous for not having any sauropods (the large long-necked dinosaurs)…instead, duck-billed and horned dinosaurs were the top large herbivores. However, at the very end of the Cretaceous when T. rex was around, sauropods like Alamosaurus began to creep back into North America through the isthmus of Panama, which had recently reconnected North and South America. The sauropods in the prologue look like a pretty good match for Alamosaurus.
I loved the inclusion of Chirostenotes (the feathered one eating the egg), an under-appreciated Hell Creek oviraptoroid. I loved that they showed a kind of pterosaur called an “azhdarchid”, which were like giant pterosaur versions of storks or herons. Azhdarchids were the main or maybe even only pterosaurs at the very end of the Cretaceous. There weren’t any pterosaurs like Pterodactylus or Pteranodon anymore (or they were so uncommon that we haven’t found any fossils of them during that time period yet). The Ankylosaurus (the ones with all the armor on their backs drinking the water) would indeed have lived at the same time as T. rex.
Overall, two points deducted for the *very* out of place Giganotosaurus, and two deducted for the out-of-place baobab trees.
The mountains in the background looking like the Tetons probably isn’t very accurate, either. In the late Cretaceous period, the Rocky Mountains were just starting to form, and would have probably looked more like the Appalachians.
How accurately did the dinosaurs and pterosaurs act? 8 / 10
The most obvious inaccuracy is the Giganotosaurus killing the T. rex, when even a common sense glance at their respective skulls can tell you T. rex is the far more powerful animal (and remember, they lived in different times on different continents). I have to deduct two points for that. But, at least it's more believable than T. rex getting killed by a spinosaur.
One very nice thing about the "past" portion of the prologue is that nothing screeched and slobbered with its mouth wide open (well, the T. rex and Gigo did a bit, but not until they were in the middle of their fight). Modern predators would never catch any food or survive if they acted that way all the time, and the Jurassic World producers resisted the temptation to have them screech like banshees at their prey, or for no reason at all. Yay!
The Nasutoceratops playing in the water was also very cute.
OVERALL: 7.5 / 10
Thank you to everyone who came out to Spooky Fest 2021! We hope you had a blast and will see you next year! 🎃 Also don't forget to bring your ticket to our Dinosaurs! Exhibit for $1 off admission!
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Spooky Fest returns this year for 4 WEEKENDS! Starting Oct. 8th you and the whole family can enjoy our SCARY and NON-SCARY attractions! Tickets (like last year) will be limited with timed entries. Purchase here- https://www.cstl.org/spooky-fest/
Tune in all day and watch the CSTL administered Spellman HV Clean Tech Competition Finals! Students from across the US and around the globe will be presenting their sustainable research as they compete for over $55,000 in awards!
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The Dinosaur Club will have it's first meeting this Saturday, April 3rd. For ages 7-12, meets every month, led by our resident paleontologist! It's only $97 for this years membership. Learn morehttps://www.cstl.org/dinosaur-club/
It's raining but that doesn't mean you can't spend some time with people you love. Take these 2 for example! They have the whole place to themselves and the whole staff doting over them!
Friday March 12th- Spend an Evening With The Dino’s! Join us for a special program with the family as we explore our Dinosaurs! exhibit at night! Hands on activities will be mixed with talks from our paleontologist, and maybe even a Jurassic shaped treat or two will be involved!
Register Here: https://www.cstl.org/event/evening-with-the-dinos-family/
Join us March 6th for Advanced Physics (For Kids!)
Physics may seem like an “adult science”, but kids can enjoy it just as much if not more! Join us as we explore ways this incredible science drives the world around us with hands on experiments, engineering exercises, and so much more! 10am-3pm. $100/child. Drop off program.
DNA is extremely small, but did you know it actually comes in different sizes? Find out Feb. 28th during Sunday Science – Gel Electrophoresis!
In this program, your child will be able to see that difference with their own eyes! Using the same technique as scientists, they will use electricity to separate samples in gel, and get a visual of the differences in their molecular size!
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