The Antarctic Florist Kingdom

Today Antarctica is a frozen desert. The few plants that survive here- mosses, lichens, liverworts, algae, a single species of hair grass, and a flowering pearlwort- are restricted to the ice-free areas of the Antarctic Peninsula.  But as the movie Dinosaurs of Antarctica shows us, the southernmost continent was not always so cold and barren.  …

Neovenator’s Sensitive Snout

In the Connecticut Science Center’s latest exhibit, “Dinosaurs Around the World” you can find an unusual predatory dinosaur, Neovenator, which sports an elaborate crown of crests and ridges on its head. Paleontologists think these features may have been used by this dinosaur for social behavior such as attracting a mate or intimidating rivals. But head …

Exploring the Evolution of Spinosaurus

In the Connecticut Science Center’s newest permanent exhibit, Genome in Me, you can learn about the cutting edge science of genomics. Genes have evolved over time to adapt to the environment the species lives in through a process called natural selection. In a population of living creatures there will always be variations among numerous traits. …

Discovering Spinosaurus

As you enter the lobby of the Connecticut Science Center you’re greeted by a massive sail-backed dinosaur with a crocodile’s snout. This is Spinosaurus, one of dozen animatronic prehistoric creatures showcased in our new exhibit Dinosaurs Around the World: Passport to Pangea.  At over 50 feet long, Spinosaurus was one of the largest predatory dinosaurs …