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Blog Archive: paleontology

[image] Carving Out a Kosmoceratops

Carving Out a Kosmoceratops

Should you find yourself wandering by the City County building downtown Salt Lake City, take a moment to look up and inspect the decorations on the outside of the building. You may just spot an ornate, and familiar, many-horned face--Kosmoceratops.
[image] Magnificent Utah Beast Lived Under the Feet of Dinosaurs

Magnificent Utah Beast Lived Under the Feet of Dinosaurs

An ancient skull reveals a fossil mammal that was large for its time.
[image] Tiny Tyrant Stalked Utah Before T. rex

Tiny Tyrant Stalked Utah Before T. rex

If you’re a fan of tyrannosaurs, there’s hardly a better place to find them than Utah. Meet the newest member of Utah's tyrannosaur family.
[image] Meet the “Father Cat” Who Stalked the Ancient West

Meet the “Father Cat” Who Stalked the Ancient West

Despite the name this wasn't a cat. Learn more about this fascinating predator of the Eocene.
[image] How to Prepare a King

How to Prepare a King

Meet our amazing Terataphoneus specimen, the most complete tyrannosaur ever found in the Southwestern U.S., and Ann Johnson, NHMU's talented preparator who worked on the skull.
[image] Ceratosaurus - An Ornate Jurassic Chomper

Ceratosaurus - An Ornate Jurassic Chomper

Meet one of the most fearsome carnivores to ever walk the Earth.
[image] How Environmental Shifts Killed Africa’s Prehistoric Megaherbivores

How Environmental Shifts Killed Africa’s Prehistoric Megaherbivores

Africa is home to some of the most fantastic beasts on the planet. But they are a shadow of what existed in the ancient past.
[image] Old Skull a Landmark Part of Utah’s Ice Age History

Old Skull a Landmark Part of Utah’s Ice Age History

The musk ox fossil is one of the earliest vertebrate fossils discovered in Salt Lake County.
[image] How Utah’s Ancient Camel Changed Our Picture Of Ice Age History

How Utah’s Ancient Camel Changed Our Picture Of Ice Age History

Not all fossils are incredibly old or resemble rocks. In fact, some fossils look rather fresh. Part of a camel skull found near Fillmore, Utah, is a prime example.
[image] Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

Spiky-Headed Dinosaur a First for Utah

What’s covered in spikes and 76 million years old? The answer isn’t a prehistoric pincushion. It’s Akainacephalus johnsoni, the newest dinosaur to be named from Utah.