While visiting Mammoth Cave National Park, we stumbled on a small tourist attraction called Big Mike’s Rock Shop. As a fine of roadside attractions, I was compelled to pull over by its adjoining “Mystery House” and large, replica Mosasaur out in front. Before purchasing our tickets for the funhouse, we decided to walk over and give “Big Mo” a closer look…
While Chicago’s beloved Tyrannosaurus Rex, Sue, prepares for her illustrious return next spring, the Field Museum of Natural History has gone above and beyond making sure us dinosaur fans stay committed. It began with the arrival of “Maximo,” a full-size cast of Patagotitan mayorum – the largest land animal ever discovered. Old Max has done a stellar job filling the spot once occupied by Sue in the museum’s immense Stanley Field Hall. He’s joined by some amazing flying reptiles (which I’ll be covering soon) and a special, temporary exhibit called “Antarctic Dinosaurs.” This often overlooked region for dinosaur discovery has produced some incredible finds, including prehistoric animals exclusive to the region. This exhibit not only highlights those creatures but the brave men and women who helped bring them to light – including some who paid with their lives.
Xiphactinus replica – Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Although I’m fascinated by the ocean, I confess it scares the Hell out of me. I’m pretty sure it stems from seeing JAWS when I was kid, and that I’m far from alone in that regard. Millions of years ago, however, there were far deadlier creatures lurking in the ocean depths than a rogue great white shark. The Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Research Center dedicated lots of space to both bones and replicas of prehistoric sea beasts and I thought it was fantastic!