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Dakota Dinosaur Museum to Open May 1
Post Date: Apr 27 2015

dickinson_cvb_9258_lr.jpgStarting May 1, the Dakota Dinosaur Museum begins its 22nd year of operation in Dickinson. "Although the museum is home to a wide selection of dinosaurs, the museum contains much more than dinosaurs" says Larry League, museum curator and museum founder. Our feature exhibit for 2015 is mammal fossils of the world. In addition, a wide variety of other fossils and minerals are on display from all over the world in one of the finest displays seen anywhere.
Our oldest mammal specimens are teeth from small shrew-like mammals that lived during the dinosaur reign of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex, 65 million years ago. Also on display is a representation of a bat, Icaronycteris, from the Green River Formation of Wyoming. Bats are among the most specialized of modern mammals. This 50 million year old bat appears almost indistinguishable from living bats.
Thirty-five million years ago, a four ton Brontotheres, also known as Titanotheres, browsed on soft forest vegetation in the Northern Plains region. Because of climate and habitat change, they became extinct.  Rhinoceroses later took their place in the ecosystem. The Dakota Dinosaur Museum has both Titanothere and rhinoceros displays from North and South Dakota.
The Brule Formation of western North Dakota represents deposition by streams 32 million years ago. These streams flowed across a savanna-like landscape containing a wide range of habitats supporting a variety of mammals, including Mesohippus (early horse), Leptomeryx (deer), Hyaenodon (hyena), Ischromys (squirrel), Archaeotherium (wart hog), Dinictus and Hoplophoneus (saber-toothed cats), and many more. All are on display at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum.
More recent specimens seen at the museum include a 42,000 year old bear tooth from Romania, 10,000 to 12,000 year old mammoth and mastodon teeth from North Dakota, Kansas, the Netherlands, and a complete ancient bison from SW North Dakota. See it all at the Dakota Dinosaur Museum starting May 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is:  single - $8; kids 3-12 yrs. - $5.  There are openings available in May for school tours.  Sign up for your school tour online at www.dakotadino.com.
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