14 March 2014

Discovered Here in 1947

As a kid I wanted to be a lot of things; an astronaut, a deep sea explorer, a police officer, an architect, an explorer. A lot of these ideas came to me from the lens I look at the world through, i.e. Walt Disney World. I was always a huge lover of dinosaurs and when Jurassic Park entered my universe in 1993, I knew I would be the real life Dr. Alan Grant!

Like the explorer, astronaut, and police officer, I didn’t become a world-renowned digger upper of bones. Not even close. However, at The Boneyard I get to relive those dreams I had. The question of the day is, do you realize just how many different dinos and extinct creatures you can actually investigate within the shifting sands and rocky outcroppings? It’s quite the education for those of us who once dreamed of being paleontologists.

The mammoth is obvious, as is the skull of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, but what else is really there to be discovered? The answers are actually right in front of you! As you enter the attraction, be sure to check out the map on the bulletin board, it shows you where each set of fossils reside and precisely what they are! For those of you that want to dig up some fun facts to impress your kids when you’re heading into The Boneyard, let me give you a rundown of just a few of the other species that are immortalized in stone in the area. In addition to the T-Rex and multiple fragments of mammoths, you can also find Pachycephalosaurus, Triceratops, Corythosaurus, and Parasaurolophus. Additionally there are also some artifacts that have been left behind by paleohunters.

Dinosaurs are always a big hit with the younger set, but there is still enough there to fascinate and capture the imaginations of us big kids too. If you ever had they dream of uncovering your own Velociraptor claw, The Boneyard still gives you a ton of chances to live that dream, you just have to know where to look. It’s a good thing they provide you a map to find all of their amazing excavations!

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