Papo’s Allosaurus is a Jurassic Jewel!

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Taller than an elephant and the length of about three hippos, the “lion” of the Jurassic Period was hands down, Allosaurus. Though not as large as it’s yet-to-evolve cousin, T-Rex (nor its less famous closer relative, Acrocanthosaurus), this animal was a bit quicker on its feet and may have even hunted in packs. While it’s uncertain just how many species existed, the bulk of Allosaurus fragilis has been found here in the United States. In fact, it’s the most abundant predator excavated from the Morrison Formation and had likely been a stegosaurus’ worst nightmare. Though not as famous as the Cretaceous’ Tyrannosaurus Rex, it’s still a fairly well known dinosaur with several companies having issued replicas; the best of which I’ll be discussing today.

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The Dinosaur Journey of Western Colorado Showcases America’s Best!

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Whenever someone mentions “the Old West,” I’m always more inclined to think about Allosaurus and Utahraptor as opposed to cowboys and Indians. The American southwest is a treasure trove of fossil discoveries and this past summer I finally made my way there. During that trip, I had the privilege of seeing several different dinosaur-themed attractions; most of which that were unplanned. One of the last ones I saw specifically highlighted the prehistoric animals that once lived in this region and appropriately called the Dinosaur Journey of Western Colorado in Fruita. What was intended as just a quick stop to stretch our legs ended up being a morning of discovery!

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