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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Blast From The Past: Exhibits Of Jurassic Dinosaurs

 Tyrannosaurus rex and Brontosaurus roamed the earth. The world looked very different to the giant reptiles. Now get a glimpse into that past through exhibits of Jurassic dinosaurs and the images of paleo-artist Josef Moravec.
Lovers of dinosaurs often try to imagine what the world looked like when creatures like

 Moravec began drawing dinosaurs at age 3 and completed his first dinosaur painting when he was 10. He has studied dinosaur fossils for 35 years in order to understand their anatomy the way another artist might study the human body in order to better paint the human form. Moravec has also learned about the dinosaurs' habitats, including vegetation and land formations, and their history in order to bring the greatest possible accuracy to his artwork. The brilliant natural colors in his paintings bring to life these lost worlds across billions of years, from the Precambrian Era to the Pleistocene Epoch, and include Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Permian land and sea creatures.

 The images have been displayed at Land of the Mammoth, the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, AR, among others. Moravec has won praise for the images from natural history museums throughout the United States and Europe.

 Born in Czechoslovakia, Moravec was inspired by another paleo-artist, Zdenek Burian. To create his detailed oil paintings, he fuses specialty dyes onto coated aluminum panels. Twenty to 40 prints, each 24 inches by 30 inches, comprise exhibits of Jurassic dinosaurs. Copies of the prints are available for purchase, as are T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, posters, and other items featuring images from the exhibit.

 Several exhibits featuring creatures from various prehistoric eras are available for display at museums, schools, discovery centers, and libraries.

 Visit Dinosaur Corporation for more information on the exhibit.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Collect The Best with Carnegie Dinosaur Models

At age 6 or age 60, those with a serious passion for dinosaurs turn to Carnegie dinosaur models. 

The collection began in 1989 with the introduction of 17 dinosaur figurines from Safari Ltd., a Florida-based company. The company's owners worked with paleontologists from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to make sure details on the models were technically correct. Since then, the company has added new or updated figurines to the line each year. Production of the collection ended in 2015.

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History houses the world's largest collection of Jurassic dinosaurs, including the world's first specimen of Tyrannosaurus rex and an extremely rare juvenile Apatosaurus. The museum also boasts the third largest collection of mounted and displayed dinosaurs in the United States.

At first, the Carnegie models were cast in gray and covered with a base color of paint. Addition details were painted on by hand, but this resulted in a buildup of paint which obscured some of the sculptural details. Beginning in 1996, the dinosaur models were cast in the base color of the finished figurine. Details were hand-painted directly onto the model, allowing all the sculptural details to show through. Because the models are hand-painted, no two of the same figure are the same.

On most of the Carnegie dinosaur models, one inch is equivalent to 40 inches of the actual creature, or a 1:40 ratio. Smaller creatures may be built on a 1:10 ratio, and ratios of 1:25, 1:30, and 1:50 have also been used. The models range in size from three inches for the Dimetrodon to 24 inches for the original Diplodocus.

Over the years, several original models have been retired, and color schemes for some of the dinosaurs have been updated to reflect newer findings.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ice Age Animals for Kids

If you're looking for information about Ice Age animals for kids, you've come to the right place! The Ice Age had many extraordinary creatures living in its harsh conditions and rough climates, all adapting to their surroundings in unique ways.

One of the most famous examples of an Ice Age animal that we don't see anymore in modern life is the wooly mammoth. Its thick layers of fur helped keep it warm in its freezing cold environment, and its enormous tusks helped defend it from nasty predators like wolves, hyenas, and large cats. These magnificent animals grew on a diet consisting mainly of grass and other plants, making them some of the biggest and strongest herbivores around.

Another mighty herbivore in the Ice Age was the Amebelodon, which used its distinctive flattened tusks to scoop up water plants, tree bark, and more. The Amebelodon was in the same family as the wooly mammoth and today's elephants, even if its flattened tusks look very different than anything walking the planet in modern times.

Finally, the Deodicurus was one of the most unusual looking mammals you're ever likely to see. It's a relative of the modern armadillo, but a much, much bigger version - at over 4 feet tall and over 10 feet long, it would've been a sight to behold! Its long, flexible tail had several sharp spikes on the end, which helped defend it from predators and attackers.

The Ice Age was an exciting time with animals that remind us of modern versions, even if today's relatives of those animals look very different - perfect for inspiring an interest in natural history among young minds. You'll love models of Ice Age animals for kids and the hours of fun they can have playing with those models, letting their imaginations roam! Ice Age animals are an exciting combination of the familiar and the alien, and as technology and scientific thought advances, we're learning more and more about what these fascinating creatures had to offer and how they used their wits and natural strengths to survive in an unforgiving world.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Discover Earth With A Kids Archeology Kit

Many children love dinosaurs and learning about the prehistoric eras. Give them something to explore that’s interactive and requires the use of tools and concentration. A kids archeology kit will bring to life a long-lost land. With his own excavation kit, he can dig for dinosaur bones or eggs. He will spend hours exploring and learning all about the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. Let his friends in on the fun with an archeology party. Together they will explore the world and how it all began.

Games that require a steady hand and concentration will not only offer entertainment but promote an educational value. Children can strengthen motor and sensory skills while digging for prehistoric fossils. Cognitive and emotional learning will be utilized while figuring out ways to excavate bones from rocks or sand.

To be a true archeologist, the proper tools are needed. Brushes and small picks are essential for digging out remains, and canvas bags are a must to store found treasures. With the proper tools, the appointed archeologists will never run out of interesting facts to discover.

Since the release of the Jurassic Park movie series, kids are able to visualize what dinosaurs looked like years ago. A Jurassic World theme party is the perfect opportunity to get up close to dinosaur skeletal remains, claws, and teeth. Give each child a Tyrannosaurus Rex replica tooth to take home and enjoy a small part of history.

A kids archeology kit isn’t only about digging for dinosaurs. The evolution of the Earth can be discovered through gemstones, rocks, and minerals. Children will learn about stones from all over the world and what they mean for the planet, impressing others with new words like Smoky Quartz and Petrified Wood. A gemstone identification chart will clarify the exact nature of the stone and from which region it descended.

An archeology kit gives a child a way to explore this world and learn about the evolution of Earth while keeping him engaged and excited. He will have hours of enjoyment, not even realizing the educational value it holds.