When Crocodiles Ruled

What inherited the Earth after the dinosaurs went extinct? Wooly mammoths and cave men were still millions of years in the future. This was the Age of Crocodiles.

Sixty million years ago, a wide range of reptiles, mammals, and fish flourished in the subtropical forests of North America, Asia, and Europe. Based on decades of original research by Science Museum paleontologists at a single site in North Dakota, When Crocodiles Ruled combines real fossil specimens with interactive exhibits, engaging models, and a life-size, walk-through diorama for visitors to explore.

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Animal Ecosystems
Animal Ecosystems
Match magnetic "animals" to their appropriate environments. Draw conclusions about a site's past environment by comparing animal fossils to animals that live in different environments today.

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Build-a-Champsosaur
Build-a-Champsosaur
Make a pile of loose bones into a complete skeleton—just the way paleontologists do! A table-top chart gives hints to help visitors rebuild the past.

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Competition Game
Competition Game
Visitors find out about animal adaptation by competing with different jaws to see which one can grab the most "meals" (marbles).

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Microfossil Interactives
Microfossil Interactives
Sift through the ages to find tiny microfossils, then view them through magnifying lenses to complete the mystery of a past ecosystem.

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Stratigraphy Slide Viewers
Stratigraphy Slide Viewers
View the world through the eyes of a scientist by peering these "View-Master" style interactives to see features on the landscape that suggest a world of long ago.

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Walk Through Timeline
Walk Through Timeline
Enjoy stepping through an ice age, scrambling over the forming Rockies, and recreating the first human footsteps among toy animals and miniature geological features positioned along a millions-of-years-long timeline.

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World Change Area
World Change Area
Visitors are invited to explore how geologists and paleontologists figure out what the world was like millions of years ago. It's an interactive, macro view of history like you've never seen before.
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