Museum of Life and Science
The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina's top attractions. The museum is located on a large, 84-acre property. Features of the property include a science center, hiking trails, live animal exhibits, and a large tree-house complex. The interactive exhibits in the science center touch on a wide variety of subjects including weather, health, aerospace, North Carolina wildlife, and biology. The museum also includes a climbing wall and one of the largest butterfly conservatories on the east coast.
Backstory and Context
The museum’s “Dinosaur Trail” showcases the late Cretaceous
Period through lifelike models of dinosaurs set up along an outdoor trail. The
Cretaceous Period is often called the last era in which dinosaurs roamed the
Earth. It was also during this time that flowering plants first began to grow.
Although this period marked the end of the age of dinosaurs, new dinosaurs
still emerged during this time, including the ceratopsian and the
pachycepalosaurid. Dinosaurs such as the triceratops are considered
ceratopsian. They were ornithischians. This classification has to do with their
hip structure and means that their pubis pointed backward, as the pubis of
"Aerospace," Museum of Life and Science, http://www.lifeandscience.org/aerospace
"Alan Shepard," Biography.com, http://www.biography.com/people/alan-shepard-37917 http://www.space.com/19505-space-monkeys-chimps-history.html
"The Cretaceous Period," University of California Museum of Paleontology, http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/mesozoic/cretaceous/cretaceous.php
"Introduction to the Ceratopsians," University of California Museum of Paleontology, http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/diapsids/ornithischia/ceratopsia.html