The Good Dinosaur and Wyoming’s dinosaurs
Turns out, Wyoming isn’t just a pretty place used to inspire the film (The Good Dinosaur). The state is a haven for rich dinosaur reserves – including fossilized bones of some of the very first Apatosaurus’s ever discovered.
Wyoming’s dinosaur fossils are curated by museums located all over the world. But visitors can experience them first hand at dig sites all over the state.
Not only can visitors enjoy the film’s epic locations in real life, but Wyoming’s rich dinosaur deposits make for an exciting day of digging for and exploring our prehistoric friends.
Below are some links to discover dinosaurs for yourself. In Laramie visit the University of Wyoming Geology Museum and see the Allosaurus “Big Al” that was unearthed right outside of town (Como Bluffs) in Albany County.
WYOMING DINOSAUR MUSEUMS
FYI: Allosaurus was the most common large carnivore of the Late Jurassic in North America. It was a smaller predecessor of the Cretaceous Tyrannosaurus.
Prep Lab: As part of the new renovations to the UW Geological Museum, a modern lab dedicated to fossil preparation was built. The prep lab is a working exhibit, with large windows where visitors can see fossil preparation in action, and even a sliding window where visitors can ask questions.