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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


UW Geological Museum- Laramie

Wyoming Fossil Butte

Tate Geological Museum – Casper College

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Greybull Museum

Worland Museum

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Glenrock paleon museum

Fossil Country Frontier museum

Vore Buffalo Jump

LINKS


Wikipedia

Wyoming Travel and Tourism

BLM

Berkley Green River

UW Geological museum

Paleobiology Database

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.

FIELD LOCALITIES


Wyoming Fossil Butte

Alcova Dinosaur Trail

Red Gulch Footprints

Bone Cabin

Wyoming Dinosaur Center

Glenrock paleon museum

Big Cedar Ridge

Vore Buffalo Jump

Specimen Ridge Yellowstone