Paleopalooza 2013 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Reviewby EJ on 02/23/13
Paleopalooza was packed with activities, shows, live animals and a ton of dinosaur fossils. We saw everything from full-bodied dinosaur mounts in Dinosaur Hall, real fossilized dino footprints, to dinosaur poop and hugely intimidating dino teeth and claw replicas. Dinosaur Hall, home to over thirty Mesozoic dinosaur species skeletons, the most dominating of which seems to be the 42 foot long Tyrannosaurus rex who stands at the front of the hall.
When some of the dinosaur skeleton mounts were first going up years and years ago, the swimming dinosaur that "floats" above the lobby desk had his head put on the wrong end (considered correct at the time). Later on, they discovered that his neck was actually his tail and they had to have it corrected. My girls thought that was hilarious.
We brought my brother, an avid fossil collector, along for this museum adventure. He was of course, in heaven, when we found ourselves surrounded by every kind of fossil for sale you could possibly imagine. He couldn't bring himself to buy anything as he prefers to hunt for his own fossils. He did circle the room a good dozen times, though. There were truly some magnificently beautiful fossils in those collections.
Hadrosaurus foulkii by paleo-illustrator Jason Poole. This drawing, right alongside the skeletal mount, was absolutely stunning. We watched a time-lapse video of how the chalk drawing was created over a day's time.
These guys from Field Station: Dinosaurs are always my favorite. They're always a hit with the kids, too.
After the show, my girls and I met a baby dinosaur just the size of our baby Izzy.
Once again, we had a blast at Paleopalooza and we went home with great memories of a great day of learning and fun.
Four Little Monsters received admission to Paleopalooza at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for the purpose of this review. All opinions belong to the blogger.