Alaska museum showcases polar dinosaur fossils

In Fairbanks, Alaska, an exhibit at the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North displays the remains of dinosaurs scientists once believed couldn’t have existed.

Alaska University, Museum of the North.

Alaska University, Museum of the North. Image by D. Sikes / CC BY-SA 2.0


Half a century ago, scientists believed the polar north was far too cold to have supported dinosaurs. But in the 1980s paleontologists uncovered fossils that yielded new insight in Alaska’s dinosaur history. Now on display at the museum’s
Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs, the fossils show that the state was in fact teeming with dinosaurs during the Mesozoic Era (252 to 66 million years ago).

Visitors can view the fossils, try their hand at excavating a few themselves and compare leg bones with a giant Diplodocus femur. Read more: adn.com

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