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Before the Dinosaurs: Tracking the Reptiles of Pangaea

Mon Dec 9, 2013
Sun Feb 1, 2015

Journey across the globe with a Field Museum paleontologist and his teammates in search of what life was like before dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  On this special expedition, see firsthand what it takes to find the perfect dig site and what supplies to pack - then start fossil hunting! See how a single rock layer can preserve hundreds of fossils, and then back in the lab, decide which fossils should be studied first. Examine the subtle features on a fossil bone that scientists use to figure out what species it is and how that species is related to other animals. Explore how the greatest extinction event of all time made room for the animals we know today. And learn how scientific collaborations like this let us unravel the mysteries of the evolution of life on Earth.

This exhibition is organized by The Field Museum.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.