To me there is absolutely nothing cooler than a dinosaur. My oldest daughter disagrees, she says Bigfoot is cooler, but that's a discussion we can have on a different blog post. I must admit that I have been obsessed with dinosaurs and all prehistoric creatures ever since I was a little girl. I can't describe my fascination with dinosaurs but I do know that I was probably the only little girl in my class that had a pretty pink bedroom that was covered with dinosaur posters. I had two dinosaur items that I was fiercely proud of. First was my dinosaur timeline. I remember buying it at the school book fair. It showed all of the prehistoric creatures from the Paleozoic to the Cenozoic. I loved it! But I adored my Dinosaur Mountain even more. It was a Christmas gift from Santa and from the moment that I unwrapped it, I was in dinosaur heaven. It was a grey plastic mountain and it came with little plastic prehistoric creatures and trees and bushes. I think I played with that toy every day even when I was probably still too old to be playing with toys. From about 1st grade on I felt like I couldn't learn enough about dinosaurs. I had an entire shelf on my bookshelf full of dinosaur books. I checked them out from the library, I bought them at book fairs, I borrowed them from the Bookmobile. I'm telling you ... I was dinosaur obsessed and I still am today. If you know me, then you know that I love all things Disney. Visiting Walt Disney World in Florida is my favorite vacation, but seeing the dinosaurs on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. is a very, very close second. I still spend the majority of my time looking at the skeletons and models whenever I am in a museum with a dinosaur display. And a side note ... I was thrilled when Animal Kingdom at Disney World added the Dinosaur ride because that finally put my two favorites together.
Did you know that you can see dinosaur displays in museums right here in Ohio? COSI in Columbus currently has a wonderful dinosaur display. It was there that I learned some new information that made me evaluate my prior knowledge about dinosaurs. Scientists now think that some dinosaurs had feathers which is an interesting development when you start thinking about where the dinosaurs came from and where they went. You can also see some nice dinosaur displays at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History. I encourage you to check all three out if you love dinosaurs.
I also encourage all of you to do some research about dinosaurs. For instance, did you know that we did not have the typical dinosaurs living here in the Midwest region of the United States. Dinosaurs like T-Rex lived out West. There is even a National Park called Dinosaur National Park that you can visit in Utah and see dinosaur fossils. The reason we didn't have the big land dinosaurs was because our area was under water during prehistoric times. You can find some prehistoric marine fossils in Ohio though. If you want to learn more about the dinosaurs and prehistoric animals found in each state in the USA, I recommend checking out the page Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals by State by ThoughtCo.
Well, the dinosaur lover in me is once again inspired to do some reading about these amazing prehistoric creatures. You should join me! Visit the library and find a book on dinosaurs or do some research online. If you find anything interesting, I would love to have you share it with me below. We can even make a list of dinosaur facts to share with others! For now though, I think I'm going to spend a little time with my favorite fictional dinosaur ... Godzilla. Thanks to Ian from my last year's fourth grade, I now have my own copy of the classic movie and I'm ready to enjoy the perfect summer evening because as you know, nothing is cooler than a dinosaur!!