Dawn of the Dinosaurs

The Triassic Period, 251 million to 202 million years ago

Our newest permanent exhibit, Dawn of the Dinosaurs, is the only Triassic hall in North America! Discover New Mexico's state fossil, and one of the very first dinosaurs, Coelophysis. See the last of the giant amphibians and meet the terrors of the Triassic—a 12-foot long predatory erythrosuchian and the crocodile-like phytosaurs. Explore the fossil evidence like a scientist in this highly interactive exhibit.

Click Here to Download a floor plan of this hall (PDF)


Also, be sure to visit nmstatefossil.org, an extensive collection of images and articles about the Triassic dinosaur Coelophysis, New Mexico's official state fossil.