A dinosaur skeleton from the museum exhibits.

Every day can be #FossilFriday: Take a walk through time with paleontology

biology, earth scienceZoe Harvey, Marketing Communication SpecialistSep 18, 2020

Fossils rock.

Yes, it’s a pun, but it’s true. Fossils capture life as it was millions of years ago. Whether that looked like a giant fish swimming down a shallow sea in the middle of what is now North America or ferns and reeds swaying in the breeze long before the dinosaurs, fossils rock because they allow us to see the world as it once was.

At the Science Museum of Minnesota, we’re passionate about making science accessible to everyone. That’s why we’ve shared our collection specimens during #FossilFriday on social media. But #FossilFriday doesn’t have to be only on social media, or only on Fridays. We’re pretty sure that every day is a good day to learn about ancient life on Earth.

Our Fitzpatrick Chair of Paleontology, Dr. Alex Hastings, is especially passionate about bringing knowledge that’s buried underground to the surface. Let’s throwback to some #FossilFriday favorites and see a sneak peek for what’s coming next.

Our longest dino

Dr. Alex Hastings holding a Dipolodocus fossil

Diplodocus is seriously too large to fathom. At over 90 feet long, this skeleton reaches all the way from the Dinosaurs & Fossils gallery into the museum atrium.

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When thick-headed is a compliment

Dr. Alex Hastings and the fossil skull of a thick-headed lizard

It’s amazing what kind of gains you can get, even on a vegetarian diet (said the thick-headed lizard, probably).

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The almost two-foot-long toe bone

Dr. Alex Hastings holds up a T. rex toe bone fossil

Want to know who this bone belongs to? Hint: It’s one of the most famous dinosaurs.

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Sharks in Minnesota? Yes way.

Dr. Alex Hastings holding fossilized shark teeth

Remember that ancient shallow sea we mentioned earlier? Yep. It was full of sharks.

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A #Croctober sneak peek

Dr. Alex Hastings holds a fossilized crocodile snout, which is around 10 inches long (from a crocodile that was estimated to be 15 feet long)

If the snout is almost a foot long, how big was the whole crocodile? Find out on our next #FossilFriday by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Ready to meet these ancient animals in person?

Reserve your tickets today! The dinosaurs have been waiting a few million years to meet you.