"My Favorite Museum Exhibit": An Archaeopteryx in Wyoming


5 Responses to “"My Favorite Museum Exhibit": An Archaeopteryx in Wyoming”

  1. Paul Renault says:

    Typo alert!
    “For children of a certain nerdy persuasion, “archaeopteryx” is liable to be the first five-syllable word they ever(y) pronounce.”

    I wonder if they’re related to BC comic’s apteryx.  They are related to the velicoraptor.  But they weren’t much of a threat, being about the size of a crow.

  2. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Maggie, I’m really enjoying this series.  Certainly a “Directory of Wonderful Things”…. thank you!

  3. mamayama says:

    Thermopolis also has impressive natural hot springs (“WORLD’S LARGEST HOT SPRINGS!” trumpet the signs on the way in), and recently restored the swinging bridge that let you walk above the massive formations. 

    Many of Wyoming’s most impressive exhibits are in the open air…on the “Dino Dance Floor” at Red Gulch Dinosaur Track Site you can put your hand in clear dinosaur tracks, and find fossils just lying around: devil’s toenails and little star crinoid fossils that the local ants collect on their hills http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxw-pGvLDPQ . Medicine Lodge Archelogical Site, a gorgeous wooded gulch with a trout creek, campground, and a huge red rock wall covered with petroglyphs http://www.wyomingtourism.org/overview/Medicine-Lodge-State-Archaeological-Site/3666 , and Devil’s Kitchen, a huge valley of wildly colored and shaped geo formations—it’d make a great movie location for an alien planet—no fences, few signs, just walk right out on the rock spurs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouBiTR6tKfg .

  4. Bonnie Ash says:

    For our nerdy two year old, it was a thrill to hear him say Thecodontosaurus when reading Byron Barton’s Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones.  Still love him nerdy at thirteen and looking forward to joining him at a Jack Horner speech coming up during Darwin Days. Nerd + Nerd= Baby nerd->Teen nerd.  

  5. TheMudshark says:

    Dinosaurs: Enabling kids to flawlessly pronounce complicated names in Latin and Ancient Greek since 235.000.000 BC.

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