Utah — Fossils and Fun

One of the coolest things about visiting Utah is checking out the state’s many paleontological sites and research centers. On my recent trip, I was able to learn about how many different dinosaurs once tramped in the land we now refer to as the Beehive State. Did you know that the Allosaurus is Utah’s state dinosaur? I had a great time seeing Allosaurus bones — among many other dinosaur bones — at Dinosaur National Monument’s famous Wall of Bones. So cool! Want to see more of this great site?

http://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/quarry-exhibit-hall.htm

Another highlight of my trip was a visit to Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden. Park Director Casey Allen was kind enough to give me a tour of the museum, as well as the fascinating onsite lab. I was able to view some fossils that were in the process of being cleaned up and put back together. One of my favorites was the salamander-like Metaposaurus from 280 million years ago.

Metaposaurus from 280 MYA

Metaposaurus from 280 MYA

I also loved seeing the many fragments that make up the Aetosaur below — It is estimated that the million or so pieces of this creature will take about 7 years to put back together. It takes a patient and brilliant paleontologist to do this job!

Aetosaur

Aetosaur

The 100+ full scale sculptures at Eccles Dinosaur Park was incredible. In addition to learning about these vast dinosaurs, I wasn’t above goofing around a bit too!

Being silly at Eccles Dinosaur Park -- This place is a blast for the whole family!

Being silly at Eccles Dinosaur Park — This place is a blast for the whole family!

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