The Dinosaur Era

Giants ruled the earth millions of years ago

Dinosaurs ranged from the size of a chicken to the size of a 10-story building, and their fossils continue to provide insight into the evolution and behavior of these incredible creatures. They went extinct 66 million years ago, but one lineage survived and is still among us: the birds. We have collected some of the best-preserved and most unique dinosaur skeletons in the world. In addition to these remarkable skeletons, our collection features an array of coprolites, plant fossils, dinosaur eggs, amber, and mammal jaws, enriching the dinosaur fossil experience. You will experience the dinosaurs in a new setting using light, sound, and scent. Many more dinosaur skeletons and associated fossils will move into the museum over the coming years, expanding our ability to transport you back to the age of dinosaurs and deepening your understanding of their fascinating world.

“Big Joe”

Allosaurus, the fearsome carnivore

Big Joe

Standing up to 3.5 meters tall and measuring up to 10 meters in length, Allosaurus was the apex predator 155 million years ago. With razor-sharp teeth and powerful jaws, this giant carnivore could crush bones and rip apart its prey with ease.

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"Adam"

Torosaurus, the world's biggest dinosaur skull

Torosaurus

Torosaurus was a herbivorous dinosaur that lived 69 million years ago. The most characteristic feature is the amazing elongated frill on its skull. “Adam”, the specimen in the museum, is in fact the longest dinosaur skull ever found with its vertiginous 3 meters from the tip of the beak to the back of the frill.

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The Phantom

Archaeopteryx, the world's first bird

Archaeopteryx

Archaopteryx lived 150 million years ago and is referred to as the "first bird" due to its combination of avian and reptilian features. With the graceful wings of a swan and the agility and ferocity of a raptor, Archaeopteryx is a true marvel of evolution that challenges our understanding of how life on Earth has evolved over time.

Coprolites

Fossilized dinosaur feces

Dinosaur fossilized poop

Coprolites, fossilized dinosaur feces, can offer critical insights into the diets and digestive systems of these ancient creatures. By analyzing coprolites, scientists can discover details about what dinosaurs ate, including plant and bone material, and gain clues about their overall health. This study provides a unique view into the behaviors, environments, and ecosystems of extinct species. Researchers at Aarhus University have scanned these 18 coprolites, with results that could reveal the presence of plant and/or bone remains.

Ichnites

Dinosaur footprints from USA and France

Ichnites

Preserved dinosaur footprints reveal the movements, interactions, and behaviors of dinosaurs in their natural environments. Dinosaur footprints form when an animal steps onto a moist surface, like mud or sand along a shoreline. As the sediment compresses together and hardens into rock, the footprints become fossilized. In the collection, are ichnites discovered in Connecticut, New Mexico, New Jersey, the coal mines at Utah’s Blackhawk Formation and France.

Ichnite Trackway

4,5 meter long dinosaur trackway

Ichnite Trackway

In 2012, a major expedition to Greenland unearthed a 211 million years ago dinosaur footprint trackway confirming that predatory dinosaurs, lived in Greenland during the Triassic era. The footprints were left by nine different theropods, which moved across a damp mud area, likely near a drying lake or river as the result of a warm climate. Calculations tell us that the footprints are from Coelophysis that were moving through the mud area at speeds ranging from 7 to 12 km/h.

Dinosaur eggs

Hypselosaurus, a long-necked sauropod

Hypselosaurus egg

The 13 eggs originate from a Hypselosaurus that lived during the Cretaceous period, approximately 70 mio. years ago. The eggs were found and have been preserved in the exact same position as they were left 70 million years ago in what we today call France.

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"Amalie"

Triceratops

Triceratops at the Museum of Evolution

Triceratops is among Europe's most renowned dinosaur species, recognized for its distinctive neck shield and three horns. Amalie stands as one of Europe's best-preserved skulls, dating back 68 million years. Measuring 1.5 x 2 meters, the skull represented about one-third of its body. Triceratops could grow up to 8-9 meters long and weigh up to 6 tons as herbivores during the Cretaceous period.

"Frederik"

A new dinosaur species

Lokiceratops

At first glance, this creature might be mistaken for its more famous relative, Triceratops. However, a closer look reveals some key differences. This 79 million year old creature only have two horns and its skull is adorned with a large, shield-like frill, from which a series of sharp spikes and knobs protrude, giving its unique, fearsome and intimidating appearance.

"Nature’s Time Capsule"

Prehistoric Amber

Prehistoric Amber

These prehistoric amber specimens are extraordinary time capsules, preserving fragments of a world 98 million years ago. Encased within are genuine relics of the past: insects and feathers from Cretaceous dinosaurs. Originating from the resin of Araucariaceae family conifers, these pieces offer a captivating glimpse into an era when feathered dinosaurs roamed vast tropical rainforests. Occasionally, a dinosaur feather or insect became trapped in the resin, forever encapsulated. While Jurassic Park excites the imagination, the oldest successfully extracted DNA, at around 2 million years old, suggests finding dinosaur DNA in amber is unlikely.