Welcome to Arkansas State University!

News Article

Arkansas State Museum Features New, Science-based Dinosaur Exhibit


JONESBORO, Ark. — A new customized traveling exhibit entitled “Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas” will arrive at the end of May and open at the Arkansas State University Museum from June to August. The museum is located in the Dean B. Ellis Library.

The massive exhibit, funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and custom-built by New York’s American Museum of Natural History, spans 1,500 square feet and includes seven interactive stations. Modern science has been used to learn something new about creatures that lived millions of years ago.

Dinosaur Discoveries provides a journey into the exciting world of modern paleontology. New dinosaur fossils are being discovered faster than ever before. Advanced technology allows scientists to look at these fossils in fresh ways and researchers are gaining surprising insights into these amazing animals. New discoveries, new technology and new ideas are helping today’s scientists piece together what these living, breathing dinosaurs were really like.

Since the first dinosaur fossil was identified almost 200 years ago, people have wondered how these fascinating animals lived, moved and behaved. At first, dinosaur hunters used only such tools as a keen eye, shovels and compasses. Today, scientists also rely on everything from computer simulation software to scanning electron microscopes.

Museum hours are: Monday closed, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. For more information, contact Jill Kary at jkary@astate.edu.