Back in time to the Land of Dinosaurs…
I wondered why I had never heard of this Field Station: Dinosaurs until ISHI found it up in the suggestions from Google for “children’s activities NJ”. It’s because it just opened up this year! Excellent adventure, really probably more fun for us adults than even for the kids, I think. Very very funny. They really build in a great educational program along with fun entertainment. One of the little sessions is to teach you how to respond to dinosaurs, if you come across them in the Outback (so partnering with Outback Steakhouse), with an Aussie dinosaur wrangler, to boot. And they teach how to show a dinosaur the back of your hand first and let them smell it so they know you are safe. So that’s the photo below of a kid smelling her own hand.
It’s also tremendously well-done marketing, where they get all kinds of companies (Coleman, Crayola, Legos [!], the aforementioned Outback Steakhouse:) ) to partner with them for great advertising. Brilliant, really brilliant.
Oh, and the New Jersey State Museum. It’s based on real live science.
Do you see how they build in the Empire State building into their logo? It overlooks it at one point, and so someone was really paying attention. Seriously well-done. The models move and screech by motion sensor and they are real enough to give a lot of kids the spooks. See my first photo for an example.
Actually, what sounds did dinosaurs make and why? I looked it up here🙂
Paleontologists may never know for sure what kinds of sounds dinosaurs made, but most believe that these animals did make noises. Why? Clues in dinosaur skulls tell them so. Some, like “Lambeosaurus,” had crests on top of their heads that probably filled with air when the animal breathed. As air was pushed through these crests, they likely made a deep bellowing sound similar to a horn.
Did dinosaurs communicate? Most paleontologists think so. Like modern-day birds and reptiles, dinosaurs probably made noises to signal that they were looking for a mate, that there was danger, or that they were hurt. Babies may have made sounds to let adults know they needed food or were in trouble.
While paleontologists have not found any evidence to suggest dinosaurs have external ears, the skulls and brain casts of certain dinosaurs indicate they had a good sense of hearing and the ability to hear both high- and low-frequency sounds. All of which mean their world could have been very noisy indeed!
Possible Dinosaur Sounds
So if you’re in the area, check their calendar, since they’re on a different schedule now that it’s fall-ish.
And now for some photos:
(As always, click on any of them to open them up wide!)