Why did the dinosaurs
About 65 million years ago--long before humans
began their rise to leadership of this planet--dinosaurs
ruled the Earth. One major theory suggests that
the dinosaurs met their demise when a large comet
or asteroid hit Earth.
The following entries include web sites, books,
articles, dinosaur parks, and other resources
for those who are interested in finding out more.
There are some really interesting resources here
-- from CompuServe's Dinosaur Forum...to America
Online's "Kids Only" page where kids
can submit their questions about dinosaurs, comets,
or other science topics...to PALEOWORLD on The
Learning Channel...and a kit for kids that provides
a replica of a dinosaur fossil buried in soft
rock for them to excavate and assemble. Enjoy...
DINOSAUR WEB SITES
CRASHING COMETS AND DEAD DINOSAURS
"Is Earth nothing but a cosmic punching bag?
Two New York University planetary scientists suggest
that a comet or asteroid string--like the Comet
Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter--stitched a
straight line of eight craters across what is
now Illinois, Missouri and Kansas -- just 320
million years ago. That impact event, these scientists
say, was not big enough to trigger a global catastrophe
such as the one that doomed the dinosaurs, but
it would have cause plenty of trouble on a regional
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY/SMITHSONIAN
Click on Museum Directory, then Paleobiology.
Toward the end of the Department of Paleobiology's
page, you can click on an interesting and informative
list of the "Top 10 Main Misconceptions"
people have about dinosaurs.
NEWTON'S APPLE TELEVISION PROGRAMMING ON DINOSAURS
From the first page, click on "Great Science
Stuff!" which will give you Educational Resources.
Click on "Teacher's Guides" which will
provide an alphabet. Point to "D" and
click. This will give you educational materials
for the following Newton's Apple programs: Dinosaurs
1--Finding and Dating Fossils; Dinosaurs 2--Assembling
a Dinosaur Skeleton; and Movie Dinosaurs--Behind
the Scenes at Jurassic Park. Under "E"
is Extinction, Dinosaur--Where did the Dinosaurs
Go? Information on their videos, CD-ROMs and videodiscs
is also provided.
POSSIBLE COLLISIONS ON EARTH DUE TO ASTEROIDS
AND COMETS DEBATE
DEBATE ACTIVITY: This site provides students with
the background information they need to debate
and defend their position on the issue that the
extinction of the dinosaurs was caused by an asteroid
hitting the Earth.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY
"Their three-part tour is one of the Web's
best." For dinosaurs: Under "What is
UCMP?," click on "First-time Visitor
Information." In third paragraph, you can
click on either Tyrannosaurus or Pteranodon.
BISHOP MUSEUM IN HONOLULU, HAWAII
At this site, click on "Past Exhibits"
and go to "Dinosaurs!" In addition to
their dinosaur exhibit, the Bishop Museum developed
a planetarium show on paleontology. The page also
sports a portrait of a dinosaur wearing a Hawaiian
THE CHICXULUB IMPACT CRATER
NASA radar image of the impact crater in the Yucatan
Peninsula, Mexico, that scientists believe was
formed by an asteroid or comet which slammed into
Earth more than 65 million years ago. This crater
has been linked to a major biological catastrophe
when more than 50 percent of the Earth's species,
including the dinosaurs, became extinct.
USE A "SEARCH ENGINE" TO FIND MORE DINOSAUR
SITES ON THE INTERNET
You can also use a "search engine" provided
through NETSCAPE software, or other Internet access
software, to locate additional sites on the World
Wide Web. Typing in dinosaur, comets, or any topic,
will usually bring you a long list of related
DINOSAUR SEARCH THROUGH THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL'S
In addition to the great resources and information
on The Discovery Channel's web site, they also
provide search capabilities. From the main menu,
click on "Tools/Navigational Aids,"
then "Search." Type in "dinosaurs"
or any other search word. If you enter "dinosaur
extinction," a list of sites appears that
RESEARCH IN PROGRESS where you can click on "Grad
Student's Research Challenges Theory on Dinosaur
If you have Compuserve as your Internet service
provider, you can type in "GO DINOFORUM"
to go to the Dinosaur Forum. "For many young
members, this forum is the next best thing to
visiting the tar pits. A DinoKids section caters
especially to them, with message threads focusing
on their favorite extinct creatures, the latest
dino movies, and weekly contests that challenge
them to identify mystery and guest dinosaurs."
For teens considering paleontology as a career:
Sections on "Paleobiology" and "Paleotechniques"
offer information and inspiration. Forum libraries
display original images by young artists of allosaurus,
stegosaurus, and friends.
ON AMERICA ONLINE
AMERICA ONLINE (AOL) also provides access to the
World Wide Web--like the other Internet providers--where
you can use their "search engine" to
find additional related sites.
KIDS ONLY ON AMERICA ONLINE: To read other kids
questions about dinosaurs, comets, and other science
topics -- or to ask your own: From AOL's Main
Menu, click on KIDS ONLY, then HOMEWORK HELP,
then EXPLORE, then SCIENCE QUESTIONS. From there
you can scroll through the list of questions submitted
by other kids, or click on "Send us your
science questions" and submit a question.
Educational Toys With
PRESENTING...TYRANNOSAURUS REX Also...BRACHIOSAURUS,
STEGOSAURUS and LEPTOCERATOPS --
Book, Bones, Egg & Poster. Small book and
small poster comes with plastic dinosaur egg containing
pop-together dinosaur skeleton. Somerville House
Books, Andrews & McMeel, Universal Press Syndicate
Company $10.95 each
THE DINOSAUR HUNTER'S KIT
"Discover the traces of a lost world -- 5"
x 7" replica of an Apatosaurus fossil buried
in soft rock, ready for you to excavate and assemble
-- plus fact-filled handbook on dinosaurs with
space to record you own discoveries."Running
Press $18.95 (with CD-ROM for IBM or MAC - $29.95)
DINOSAUR DISCOVERY KIT: THE ULTIMATE FACT-PACKED,
FUN-FILLED LEARNING KIT
Contains Dinosaur Fact Book, 15 rubber stamps,
ink pad, and create-your-own prehistoric panorama.
Cobblehill Books $21.95
By Dr. Russell G. Wright
Event-Based Science Project series about the possibility
of an asteroid impact with Earth.
Activities on extinction theory and astronomy
Teacher's guide with video - $15.00; Student edition
Classroom package (Teacher's Guide, video, 15
units) - $92.00
Innovative Learning Publications/Addison-Wesley
Web site -- http://mcps.k12.md.us/departments/eventscience
Consists of four one-hour videos: The Monsters
Emerge, Flesh on the Bones, The Nature of the
Beast, and The Death of the Dinosaurs. "The
new facts about dinosaurs, featuring the real
life paleontologists who helped create the movie
$14.95 per video A PBS Home Video by Turner Home
THE THIRD PLANET
An episode in "The Miracle Planet" TV
series that focuses on the asteroid/comet collision
hypothesis for the demise of the dinosaurs. From
Ambrose Video or Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
"Weaving a captivating story of science,
legend, and myth, METEORITES explores man's fascination
with these messengers from outer space. Follow
their history, from the meteorite that may have
caused the dinosaurs' extinction to present day
scientists who are learning about the formation
of stars and solar systems from these otherworldly
envoys." 2 tapes, 84 minutes, 1993. For middle
school and up.
(VT 131) $39.95 From Astronomical Society of the
Pacific. (see SOURCES)
Experts put together piece from dinosaur days.
Weekly on The Learning Channel
Mondays, 8:30 pm (Eastern time)
TERRESTRIAL IMPACT CRATERS
This unique set of 26 slides, compiled by the
Lunar and Planetary Institute, shows orbital and
aerial views of 16 proven or suspected terrestrial
impact structures, as well as examples of well-preserved
craters on our planetary neighbors. For high school
and up. (AS 217) $34.95 Available from Astronomical
Society of the Pacific. (see SOURCES)
This colorful poster details how significant disruptions
of our Earth's delicate balance could result in
large-scale environmental changes. Mass extinctions,
extraterrestrial impacts, and ozone destruction
are just a few of the catastrophic events described
on this 22.5" x 29" poster. AP 365 $9.95
Available from Astronomical Society of the Pacific
(ASP). (see SOURCES)
COMET (AP 360) and METEORITE (AP 390) posters
are also from ASP in the same size and price.
Full-color 25" x 38" wall chart
EDUCATIONAL COMPUTER GAMES
3-D DINOSAUR ADVENTURE
"They're big. They're bad. And for the first
time ever, they're under your control! An educational
feast for children, rich in excitement and information."
Drive through the gates of the first-ever virtual
dinosaur theme park. Explore the Dinosaur Encyclopedia
to find out about the death of the dinosaurs.
For PC or Mac, ages 3-10.
Check local computer software stores, or contact
Knowledge Adventure, 4502 Dyer Street, La Crescenta,
Phone: (818) 542-4200
THE IMPACT CATASTROPHE THAT ENDED THE MESOZOIC
Displays the paintings of astronomer/artist Dr.
William Hartmann, capturing the effects of an
asteroid believed to have hit the Earth 65 millions
years ago. From the Exploration in Education (ExInEd)
Program of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
One of a series of "Electronic PictureBooks"
multimedia publications authored by space scientists,
engineers, and astronauts. (1 disk) QX 407
$9.95 Available from the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific (see SOURCES)
ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF THE PACIFIC,
390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94112
Phone: (415) 337-2624 9 am to 3 pm (PT), M-F
Fax: (415) 337-5205 (Ask for catalog)
ASP web site -- http://www.astrosociety.org/
BOOK ON DINOSAUR PARKS: DINO-TREKKING: THE ULTIMATE
DINOSAUR LOVER'S TRAVEL GUIDE
By Kelly Milner Halls
The 300 best Dino-sites in the U.S. and Canada,
includes a complete Dino-shopping guide and detailed
Grand Junction, Colorado
In addition to displays of dinosaur bones and
other fossils from the surrounding region, the
museum features animated dinosaurs and a working
Phone: (970) 241-9210
DINOSAUR STATE PARK
Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
A geodesic dome exhibit center covers a sandstone
layer in which more than 500 dinosaur footprints
have been preserved. Outside, casts can be made
from actual dinosaur tracks. Bring 10 pounds of
plaster of Paris, a quarter-cup of cooking oil,
a 5-gallon bucket and rags!
Phone: (203) 529-8423
DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT
In northeast corner of Utah & northwest corner
of Colorado Fossilized bones of brontosaurs and
other prehistoric creatures have been removed
from a single sandstone cliff, one of the world's
largest concentrations of fossilized dinosaur
bones. Nearby Dinosaur Quarry Visitor Center features
enclosed dinosaur bones uncovered and left in
Phone: (303) 374-3000
DINOSAUR GARDEN & UTAH FIELD HOUSE OF NATURAL
Vernal, Utah (near Dinosaur National Monument)
Dinosaur Garden features 14 life-size replicas
of our prehistoric past in an outdoor dino-habitat.
Dinosaur fossils are on display at the museum.
For a Dinosaur Hunting License & information
DINOSAUR PROVINCIAL PARK
Patricia, Alberta, Canada
A FEW OF THE MUSEUMS WITH
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
New York, New York
TYRELL MUSEUM OF PALEONTOLOGY
Drumheller, Alberta, Canada
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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Last updated November