Dinosaur Myths Busted

The Boonshoft Museum is beyond excited to be hosting it’s first-ever Movie Night in the Museum’s Planetarium, the Caryl D. Philips Space Theater. Not only will there be photo ops with T-Rex himself and a chance to see him roar on one of the biggest screens in Dayton, guests will also chat with Paleontologist and Boonshoft Museum Education Department staff member, Mackenzie English about Dino Dos and Dino Don’ts—what is fact and what is movie magic? To prepare, check out these common Dino myths below:

1) There isn’t a clear-cut time line of when the Dinosaurs roamed the Earth and went extinct.Pasta-Brontosaurus

Busted: Dinosaurs died out around 65.5 million years ago at the end of the Cretaceous period and roamed the Earth beginning 231.4 million years ago. We know this because scientists use techniques like Relative and Radiometric dating to figure out exactly how old fossils are!

2) Dinosaurs were not the sharpest tools in the shed.

Busted: In the 1970’s a system was developed to measure the weight of a dinosaur brain as compared to othVelociraptor-by-Salvatore-Rabito-Alcóner living animals. Dinosaurs, like Velociraptors, are considered to be extremely intelligent, hence the quotable final words of the skilled hunter in Jurassic Park: “clever girl.”

3) The Brontosaurus was the biggest dinosaur of them all.

Busted: Many people may have fallen in love with this gentle giant due to its supposed larger-than-life stature and who can forget the adorable “Brontosaurus”, Littlefoot, from A Land Before Time. Unfortunately, no such dinosaur existed. The “Brontosaurus” was merely a misidentified Apatosaurus, but don’t worry–the long-neck dinosaurs were still the biggest of them all.

4) Dinosaurs, much like lizards, were covered in scales.

Busted: You may be able to think of a few dinosaurs who had feathers, but scientists now suggest that most dinosaurs did have feathers. Recently, fossil evidence Deinonychus_BW-2 supported the findings of a dinosaur that had both scales and feathers. This two-legged dinosaur existed 160 million years ago, leading scientists to believe that feathered dinos may have existed dating back further than previously believed.

5) Dinosaurs were slow moving.

Busted: In high school, if you ran a mile in under 8 minutes you were considered pretty speedy–way faster than a big, slow moving dinosaur, riMovieNightDinoght? However, the fastest dinosaur could move at a speed of 40 mph and even a six ton T-Rex could reach speeds of 18 mph–which would prove problematic for the stars of Jurassic Park, who couldn’t have competed with T-Rex the track star.

Now that you’ve busted some myths, click the button below to purchase your tickets to see Jurassic Park at the Boonshoft Museum on Friday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.