Who doesn’t like dinosaurs? They can be terrifying, mysterious, and just plain awesome. DinoLabs is an exhibit featured at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It’s not very big, but it’s a colorful and high-quality collection of dinosaur bones and fossils. Most of the dinosaurs on display are native to North Texas.
Some of the dinosaur bones like the T-Rex skull are encased in glass. But many of the fossils are out in the open and close enough to touch (I don’t think you are allowed to though).
Each display has background lights that randomly change color, making it a fun exhibit to walk through. You can see the entire exhibit in less than 45 minutes.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located in the Cultural District of Fort Worth. It’s next door to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and not very far from the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.
Dinosaurs and Fossils
This exhibit of the two fighting dinosaurs will immediately catch your attention. The larger dinosaur is called an Allosaurus and was the top predator during the late Jurassic Period, according to the museum display.
The dinosaur on the ground, fighting for its life, is called a Camptosaurus. Compared to other dinosaurs, the Camptosaurus was slow and had few defenses. It was easy prey for the larger and faster Allosaurus.
The skull of the Tyrannosaurus Rex will leave you speechless and in awe. Its razor-sharp teeth were designed to bring down any prey. Be thankful these creatures are not roaming around today.
You might mistake this fossil for some type of rock or orb. But it’s actually a fossilized dinosaur egg. More specifically, it’s an egg from a Saltasaurus. DinoLab has many dinosaur eggs on display.
This one is only about the size of a softball, but a hatched Saltasaurus could grow to over 40 feet long and weight 2.5 tons. It’s amazing something so delicate like an egg could turn to stone over time.
The skeleton of the Tenontosaurus Dossi looks ferocious, but this dinosaur was a herbivore that fed on plants. The display also states it could walk on either two or four legs. This dinosaur was discovered in 1988 near Weatherford, Texas.
Turtle Shell Fossil
DinoLab has all the makings of being an awesome dinosaur exhibit. T-Rex skull …. check. Cool dinosaurs skeletons … check. Pre-historic turtle …. wait, what? That’s right, encased in glass is a shell of a prehistoric turtle.
This shell is fairly large, but it’s not much different looking than the turtle shells you see today. The giant and terrifying dinosaurs like the T-Rex went extinct, but the slow and tiny turtle won the race of evolution.
You will discover fossils everywhere where you look at DinoLabs. One of the back walls is covered with marine fossils, petrified wood, and plant fossils from the time of the dinosaurs. Another wall features a huge display of individual dinosaur bones.
More Dinosaurs at the Museum
Since it’s too big to fit into the DinoLab exhibit, the 60-foot long skeleton of Paluxysaurus Jonesi is located down the hall. This skeleton was pieced together from bones of four different dinosaurs found on a North Texas ranch.
You can see its actual footprints of this massive creature and other dinosaurs at Dinosaur Valley State Park near Glen Rose, Texas. Paluxysaurus
Excavation Site for Kids
If you have kids, there’s a pretend excavation site called DinoDig® around the corner, next to the Energy Blast exhibit. There’s a large area with sand and rock formations with embedded fossils for children to find. Parents can sit and relax around the “dig site”, while their kids pretend to be
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