Highlights from the Jurassic

The Late Jurassic was the golden age of dinosaurs, when huge dinosaurs--the largest land animals ever--stalked the landscape.
 
Below are some of the features in the Age of Super Giants exhibit.
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Dinosaur Eggshell Fragments

Dinosaur eggshell fragments found in Sandoval County, New Mexico.

Archaeopteryx

Compare Archaeopteryx, as it may have looked 150 million years ago, to a modern Roadrunner.

Saurophaganax

"King of the reptile eaters," from the Greek sauros, "reptile," phagos, "eater" and anax "king;"

Saurophaganax

Late Jurassic theropod from Bernalillo County.

Seismosaurus Hip - Vertebrae and Ilium

Seismosaur's hip resembles those of the modern lizard.

Seismosaurus Vertebrae (from the tail)

These Certified New Mexico Fossils stretch across the hall's outer edge.

Seismosaurus Bone Map

Paleontologists compared the hip and back bones of Seismosaurus to the complete skeleton of the closely-related dinosaur Diplodocus to reconstruct the skeleton of Seismosaurus seen here.

Brachiosaurus Hand

Giant Jurassic dinosaurs were the largest land animals of all time. Like modern-day elephants, these dinosaurs had a large fleshy pad that absorbed their great weight; the toes encircle this pad.

Age of Giants

Room sized mural commissioned by the New Mexico Museum of Natural History for the museum's opening.

Todiltia

This is one of the two fishes that were able to survive in Lake Todilto. Todilta's stomach contents can easily be seen in this fossil.

Hulettia

This fish is one of the few animals that lived in the very salty Lake Todilto.

Lake Todilto

This mural by Ely Kish depicts a large shallow lake that existed in New Mexico during the Middle Jurassic.

Stegosaurus

Late Jurassic stegosaur lived in McKinley and Guadalupe counties.

Stegosaurus

This plated dinosaur greets visitors as they enter the hall.

Battle of the Super Giants

New Mexico's largest Jurassic meat eater attacking the largest plant eating dinosaur found in the state.

Age of Super Giants Hall

Overview of the Age of Super Giants Hall.