Geographic collocation: Egypt, Baharija oasis
Dating: Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian), around 98-95
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Bahariasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Spinosaurus), sauropods (Aegyptosaurus, Paralititan).
More info: Discovered by german paleontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach at the beginning of XX century, where the first individual of Spinosaurus was found in 1915.
Black Hills Dinosaur Park
Geographic collocation: USA, South Dakota, Rapid City, 940 Skyline Drive
Dating: The models were created during the 30’s
Dinosaurs exposed: Tyrannosaurus, Apatosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Edmontosaurus (once called Anatosaurus) and Protoceratops.
More info: It was projected by Emmett Sullivan, opened in 1936. Dinosaurs models are exposed here, especially those found in mesozoic rocks in South Dakota.
Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
Geographic collocation: England, Crystal Palace Park, Bromley, London
Dating: The models come from the Lower Cretaceous and English Jurassic
Dinosaurs exposed: Iguanodon, Megalosaurus and Hylaeosaurus. An ittosaurus, a plesiosaurus, a mososaurus, a marine crocodile and a pterosaurus. All of them are reproductions.
More info: It was the first dinosaur theme park. In fact, it opened in 1854, during Victorian Age. The first reproduction were exposed there, in what it was considered the real size (actually, those were bigger than reality, and often very creative). cpdinosaurs.org
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Geographical Collocation: Canada, Alberta (north-east Brooks)
Dating: Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) around 76,5-74,2 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Gorgosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Ornithomimus, Dromiceiomimus, Struthiomimus, Dromeosaurus, Saurornitholestes, Troodon, Caenagnathus, Chirostenotes, Elmisaurus), anchilosaurus (Euoplocephalus, Edmontonia e Panoplosaurus), hornitopods (Brachylophosaurus, Gryposaurus, Prosaurolophus, Lambeosaurus, Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus), pachicefalosaurus (Stegoceras), ceratopsis (Leptoceratops, Styracosaurus, Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus).
More info: The richest place in the world for the fossils. It deals with lacustrine and fluvial deposits in the valley down the Rocky Mountains, where the sea used to divide the entire North-American continent vertically. albertaparks.ca
Howe Dinosaur Quarry
Geographical Collocation: USA (Wyoming) in a ranch north of Shell
Dating: Upper Jurassic, around 148-155 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Sauropods (Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Barosaurus), big theropods (Allosaurus) and hornitopods (Camptosaurus).
More info: It was discovered at the beginning of 30s by Barnum Brown. It’s a big dinosaur bone bed. Big Al was discovered in this site.
Geographical Collocation: Southern Morocco, Sahara desert, south of Taouz
Dating: Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian), 95 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Carcharodontosaurus, Spinosaurus, maybe Sauroniops), Sauropods (Rebbachisaurus)
More info: The region expose rocks originated from deposition of sediments which contains an interesting fossil association formed by fishes, tourtles, crocodiles, pterosaurus and dinosaurs. Discovered by french, it has been a point of research for the last 20 years.
"The Burning Walls" (Bayanzag or Bain-Dzak)
Geographical Collocation: Mongolia, Gobi desert, Provence of Ömnögovi, Bain-Dzak/Bayanzag
Dating: Upper Cretaceous – maybe Upper Campanian – Maastrichtian.
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Oviraptor, Saurornithoides, Archaeornithoides, Velociraptor), anchilosaurus (Pinacosaurus), Ceratops (Protoceratops).
More info: Discovered in 1922 by a spedition of the American Museum of Natural History di New York. Became famous because the first nest with fossil eggs was found here.
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Venezia
Geographical Collocation: Italy, Fontego dei Turchi – Santa Croce, Venice
Dinosaurs exposed: Ouranosaurus nigeriensis, theropods
More info: The businessman Giancarlo Ligabue increased the collection by organizing spedition all over the world. Now in this museum is exposed an african Ouranosaurus, featured by a bir veil on the back, which gave notority to the musem in Venice. visitmuve.it
Museo Paleontologico "Egidio Feruglio"
Geographical Collocation: Argentina, Provence of Chubut
Dinosaurs exposed: Theropods and Sauropods
More info: This museum is dedicated to italian paleontologist Egidio Feruglio, born in 1897. It has a modern architecture and the most important exposition is a collection of fossils from the jurassic and cretaceous era.
Museum of the Rockies
Geographical Collocation: USA (Montana)
Dinosaurs exposed: Maiasaura, Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus
More info: In the “giant hall” the big jurassic dinosaurs are exposed, with Cretaceous predators similar to birds. In the hall “Horns and teeth” there are fossils from the Cretaceous found in Montana; the skeleton of the T-Rex (also the biggest cranium ever found), a growth series of the Triceratops and a skeleton of Edmontosaurus. www.museumoftherockies.org
Münchehagen Dinosaur Park
Geographical Collocation: Germany, Saxon, Hannover
Dating: Lower Cretaceous (140 millions of years ago)
Dinosaurs found: Footprints of hornitopods and sauropods; replicas of real dinosaurs.
More info: It is an outside exposition. It is a large rocky surface covered by a roof that preserves important dinosaur footprints. Beside, it was built a rout in scale 1:1 of more than 220 prehistoric animals. http://www.dinopark.de/ice/?domain=www.dinopark.de&lang=1&fuseaction=extarticle&id=1636
Red Deer River Badlands (Dinosaur Park Formation)
Geographical Collocation: Canada, Alberta
Dating: Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) around 76,5-74,2 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Big theropods (Gorgosaurus or Albertosaurus, Daspletosaurus), medium theropods (Ornithomimus, Dromiceiomimus and Struthiomimus, Dromeosaurus, Saurornitholestes, Troodon, Caenagnathus, Chirostenotes eand Elmisaurus), anchilosaurus (Scolosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Edmontonia and Panoplosaurus), big hornitopods (Gryposaurus, Prosaurolophus, Lambeosaurus, Corythosaurus, Parasaurolophus), pachicefalosaurus (Stegoceras), ceratopsis (Leptoceratops, Styracosaurus, Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Mercuriceratops, Vagaceratops)
More info: This area next to a river is one of the richest in the world for dinosaurs.
Geographical Collocation: Germany, Frankfurt
Dinosaurs found: Edmontosaurus (mummy), Psittacosaurus, Triceratops, Plateosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Diplodocus, “Supersaurus”, Stegosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Iguanodon, Parasaurolophus.
More info: There is the famous “mummy” of an individual of Edmontosaurus, found at the beginning of the 900 in Wyoming by the Sternberg family. Extremely important is also the individual of the chinese Psittacosaurus. senckenberg.de
Geographical Collocation: Germany, Bavaria, Solnhofen, Eichstätt, Kelheim and Schamhaupten
Dating: Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian – Titonian) around 154-148 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Compsognathus, Juravenator and Archeopteryx
More info: It’s one of the most famous fossil zone in the world. Those are found deep in caves that extract white limestone.
The American Museum of Natural History
Geographical Collocation: USA, New York city
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Allosaurus fragilis, Albertosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Coelophysis bauri, Deinonychus anthirropus, Velociraptor mongoliensis, Ornithomimus), Sauropods (Apatosaurus, Barosaurus), Stegosaurus (Stegosaurus), Ornitopods (Edmontosaurus annectens, Corythosaurus casuarius), Ceratopsis (Psittacosaurus, Protoceratops, Styracosaurus, Triceratops horridus) and many others.
More info: It is a private association founded in 1869 and one of the biggest museum of natural history in the world. There is also a “mummy” of an Edmontosaurus. amnh.org
The Field Museum
Geographical Collocation: USA (Illinois), Chicago
Dinosaurs found: Tyrannosaurus rex (Sue), Maiasaura, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Deinonychus
More info: A private association founded in 1893. Its dinosaur fossils are quite famous. In particular, the Museum bought the only complete skeleton of T-rex (Sue) for 8,6 millions of dollars. fieldmuseum.org
The Zigong Dinosaur Museum
Geographical Collocation: China, Provence of Sichuan
Dinosaurs found: Sauropods (Shunosaurus, Omeisaurus, Mamenchisaurus), theropods (Yangchuanosaurus), small primitive hornitopods (Xiaosaurus) and stegosaurus (Huayangosaurus, Gigantspinosaurus).
More info: Built on rocky levels rich of fossils from the middle Jurassic found in 1972. It is one of the most important museum in the world for jurassic dinosaurs.
Geographic collocation: Belgium, Hainaut, nearby Bernissart
Dating: Lower Cretaceous, Barremian – Aptian, around 125-115 millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs found: Iguanodon and Mantellisaurus.
More info: Bernissart was a small mining village. The dinosaurs were found in 1878 in a well of a mine where carbon was extracted 322m deep. They are exposed in the Museum of Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique in Bruxelles
Geographic collocation: USA (Wyoming), between Medicine Bow and Rock River
Dating: Upper Jurassic, around 148-155 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Big theropods (Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Stokesosaurus, Torvosaurus) and small theropods (Coelurus, Ornitholestes, Fosterovenator), Sauropods (Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus, Barosaurus), stegosaurus, hornitopods (Camptosaurus, Dryosaurus, Othnielosaurus).
More info: It’s a relief that includes 20 different fossil places in the Morrison Formation. It was discovered in 1877 by W.E. Carlin and W.H. Reed, who used to work in the near train station. Other vertebrates are there like fishes, salamanders, frogs, lizards, tuataras, crocodiles, pterosaurus and small mammals.
“Como Bluff” by Anky-man at the English language Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Geographic collocation: Nearby Zigong, Sichuan, China
Dating: Middle Jurassic (Batonian – Callovian), around 168-163 millions of years.
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Xuanhanosaurus, Kaijiangosaurus and Gasosaurus), sauropods (Shunosaurus, Omeisaurus, Abrosaurus and Datousaurus), stegosaurus (Huayangosaurus), hornitopods (Agilisaurus and Yandusaurus).
More info: It was discovered in 1972. It is probably the most important dinosaur site of Middle Jurassic all over the world. A museum was built over a part of the site.
Geographical Collocation: Niger, Agadez, Teneré desert
Dating: Lower Cretaceous (Aptian) around 115 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Theropods (Kryptops, Eoarcharia, Cristatosaurus, Suchomimus), Sauropods (Nigersaurus), Hornitopods (Ouranosaurus, Lurdusaurus, Elrhazosaurus)
More info: This deposit is extended as a strip of fossil rocks for 170km long in the Sahara desert. A lot of french speditions between 1965 and 1972 happened in this place, and also an italian spedition.
Geographical Collocation: Poland, 1 Maja 10, Krasiejòw
Dinosaurs exposed: 200 models of prehistorical animals belonging to 70 different species, most of them dinosaurs. Some of them are Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Scutellosaurus, Giraffatitan, Kentrosaurus, Allosaurus, Diplodocus, Gallimimus, Tyrannosaurus and Ankylosaurus
More info: Krasiejòw it’s also a southern polish locality famous for its triassic fossils. The park valorizes this peculiarity by exposing some models. There is also a museum exposition.
Lark Quarry Park
Park and Paleontological Museum
Geographical Collocation: Australia, Queensland, 110km south-west of Winton
Dating: Lower Cretaceous (around 100 millions of years ago)
Dinosaurs found: Skartopus, Wintopus, Muttaburrasaurus
More info: This is an open-roof museum in the desert of Queensland. It is a huge rocky surface which preverves hundreds of dinosaurs footprints. In 2002 a museum was built on it. http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/lark-quarry/index.html
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Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Trieste
Geographical Collocation: Italy, Trieste, Via dei Tominz 4, Trieste
Dinosaurs exposed: Tethyshadros insularis, known as Antonio
More info: Other pieces of other tethyshadros are exposed in the museum too, and fossils of other organism, found in the archeological site Villaggio del Pescatore in Duino-Aurisina.
Museo Geologico Giovanni Capellini
Geographical Collocation: Italy, Via Zamboni 63, Bologna
Dinosaurs exposed: Diplodocus, Tethyshadrod
More info: It is a mammoth replica of a sauropod, found in 1899 in Wyoming (USA) given to the University of Bologna by the american tycoon Andrew Carnegie in 1909. It is long 26mt and it has a particular historical value. It is one of the 9 replicas given to museums in Europe and Latin America. During the opening day, the italian king Vittorio Emanuele III was attending the ceremony. museocapellini.it
Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Humboldt Museum)
Geographical Collocation: Germany, Berlin, Invalidenstrasse 43
Dinosaurs found: The theropode Elaphrosaurus, the Sauropods Dicraeosaurus, Giraffatitan brancai (ex Brachiosaurus), the stegosaurus Kentrosaurus, hornitopods Dysalotosaurus.
More info: The museum is famous especially for the individual of Archaeopteryx and the fantastic collection of jurassic dinosaurs. Those were discovered in Tanzania between 1908 and 1914, which was a german colony back then. In the dinosaur hall there is a 13mt high skeleton of a Giraffatitan. naturkundemuseum-berlin.de
Palaeontologisches Museum Munchen
Geographical Collocation: Germany, Munich
Dinosaurs esposed: Plateosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Centrosaurus, Archaeopteryx.
More info: The museum is part of the collections Paleontological and Historic Geology of the State of Bavaria. palmuc.de
Geographical Collocation: Benevento, Italy
Dinosaurs found: Scipionyx samniticus
More info: Even if there is only one dinosaur, is an important site. The fossil has an extraordinary conservation. Other small animals were found too such as crocodiles, lepidosaurs, salamandras, fishes, plants and invertebrates
Royal Tyrell Museum
Geographical Collocation: Canada (Alberta)
Dinosaurs found: Allosaurus, Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus, Tyrannosaurus (Black Beauty), Ornitholestes, Dromiceiomimus, Dromeosaurus, Camarasaurus, Stegosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Edmontonia, Camptosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Gryposaurus, Prosaurolophus, Corythosaurus, Lambeosaurus, Hypacrosaurus, Stegoceras, Pachycephalosaurus (replica), Pachyrhinosaurus, Styracosaurus, Centrosaurus, Chasmosaurus and Triceratops.
More info: Exclusively paleontological museum, opened in 1985, nearby Drumheller. Linked to the Provincial Park of Dinosaurs, UNESCO site and one of the richest areas for dinosaurs. The hall “Lords of the Earth” is dedicated to carnivorous dinosaurs found in Alberta. In the spectacular “hall of the Dinosaurs” there are tens of fossils from different species, especially those who lived in that area 75 millions of years ago.
Picture: “Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology” by Steven Mackaay – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Geographical Collocation: USA, NW Washington DC
Dinosaurs found: Diplodocus, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Torosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, Sphaerotholus, Thescelosaurus, Troodon and others
More info: There is an important expo hall with 30 skeletons. The collection includes dinosaurs from the Jurassic and the Cretaceous from West America. Six between them are original holotypes. The National Fossil Hall will stay closed until 2019 for renewal.
Geographical Collocation: Tanzania, nearby Lindi
Dating: Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian – Titonian), around 154-145 millions of years ago
Dinosaurs found: Sauropodi (Giraffatitan [ex Brachiosaurus brancai], Dicraeosaurus, Tendaguria, Janenschia, Tornieria, Barosaurus, Australodocus), big theropods (Ceratosaurus, Ostafrikasaurus, Veterupristisaurus), small theropods (Elaphrosaurus), stegosaurus (Kentrosaurus) and hornitopods (Dysalotosaurus).
More info: It was discovered by germans (Tanzania was a german colony back then) in 1907. After the First World War the studies were conduced by the english paleontologists.
The Dinosaur National Monument
Geographical Collocation: USA, Utah
Dinosaurs found: Camarasaurus, Diplodocus, Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camptosaurus, Allosaurus
More info: Between Colorado and Utah, in the Rocky Mountains, became a National Park in 1915. The principal attraction is the “Carnegie quarry site”, a big surface full of big dinosaur bones, especially sauropods.
Dating: Upper Jurassic (152-148 millions of years ago). nps.gov
The Ghost Ranch
Geographical Collocation: Nearby Abiquiù, New Mexico USA
Dating: Upper Triassic (Retic) around 205 millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs found: Coelophysis bauri, Daemonosaurus chauliodus
More info: Found in 1947 by George Whitaket during a paleontological spedition conduced by Edwin Colbert. It conserves a large collection of skeletons, some of them complete, of Coelophysis, a primitive theropod dinosaur.
Villaggio del Pescatore
Geographical Collocation: Italy, Trieste, Duino-Aurisina
Dating: Upper Cretaceous (Campanian – Maastrichtian) 70-75 millions of years ago.
Dinosaurs found: Tethyshadros insularis
More info: The only italian site with dinosaurs pieces. There were found at least pieces from 6 different individuals of Tethyshadros and an almost-entire skeleton named Antonio.
Villaggio del Pescatore – Wikipedia