Dinosaur Fossils Exhibit at California Oil Museum in Santa Paula Sept 26 to Jan 24

Skull (Cast) of a Velociraptor (Velociraptor mongeoliensis).  Actual size of the late Cretaceous dinosaur.  Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China. 

Skull (Cast) of a Velociraptor (Velociraptor mongeoliensis).  Actual size of the late Cretaceous dinosaur.  Gobi Desert of Mongolia and China. 

Don’t miss the California Oil Museum’s newest exhibit of fearsome fossils that will take you back to when dinosaurs dominated the planet. Experience that primordial time on earth and learn how these massive beasts lived and died. Come and see actual fossils of T. Rex, Triceratops and Pterodactyls and many more! Included in the exhibit is a replica field excavation site showing how Paleontologists dig up these ancient bones. On Opening day only (September 26th) be sure to join us for exciting family fun junior paleontology activities including unearthing fossils, identifying your find, and creating a fossil cast you can take home.

The exhibit will also include a Color Your Dino station and the movie Dinosaur 13 which documents the story of “Sue”, the most complete T. Rex fossil ever found.

The California Oil Museum is located at 1001 East Main Street in Santa Paula.  Hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.  Admission is FREE: Suggested donation is $4.  Digging Up The Past opens September 26th, 2015 and runs to January 24th, 2016. For more information call 805-933-0076 or visit www.caoilmuseum.org.

From Jurassic to the Cretaceous, Dinosaurs were the dominate species on Earth. It was during the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event that led to the demise of this diverse and amazing group of animals that are the ancestors of many animals we see today. As currently known, all dinosaurs belong to one of two major groups, the saurischians and the ornithischians. From the onset of their long evolutionary history, ornithischians and saurischians already show the features characteristic of these groups. Ornithischians, like the Edmontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus, comprise a series of plant-eating dinosaurs such as the armored stegosaurs and ankylosaurs, the duckbills and their kin, and the horned and dome-headed dinosaurs. Saurischians include the meat-eating theropods (the renowned Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor among them) and the plant-eating sauropodomorphs (such as the gigantic Apatosaurus). With the discovery of a large deposit of fossils in the 1990’s in China, feathered dinosaurs became much more understood. Many new species were documented and new fossil evidence shows a number of non-avian dinosaurs are now known to have been feathered, such as the Velociraptor, thrilling the scientific world. 

“Terrible Lizards” they are not—instead they represent a separate group of reptiles that did not exhibit characteristics traditionally seen as reptilian such as their posture.  Once to have thought to be sluggish and cold-blooded research has indicated that all dinosaurs were active animals with elevated metabolisms.

Since the early 19th century dinosaurs have been major attractions at museums around the world and collectors worldwide have coveted their bones.  Monstrous and fantastic, these animals have inspired the imagination of many books and films such as the well-known movie Jurassic Park.  Scientific enthusiasm has resulted in significant funding and new discoveries are regularly redefining the world of dinosaurs.