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think the bones came from little reptiles, not baby Coelophysis.
Employing impressive computer animation that spans the ages from the Triassic period to the Cretaceous, some 160 million years, it follows the evolution of the beast from the diminutive coelophysis to the fearsome tyrannosaurus.
New this year is a paleontology lab whereyou watch scientists work on fossils; this summer they'll be restoring a Coelophysis from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.
In addition, visitors can interact with the scientist who worked for over three years cleaning the fossils from a 2-ton stone slab filled with Coelophysis and other fossils.
Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a highly interactive, cutting edge exhibit hall of paleontology that features living fossils, the most complete database of research into Coelophysis, a wall of phytosaur skulls and an interactive sculpture that allows visitors to explore the evidence scientists use to identify evolutionary trends.
Also, Rogers notes, some paleontologists are questioning earlier claims of cannibalism among Coelophysis bauri, a theropod species for which dismembered remains of juveniles turned up seemingly within the rib cages of adults.
The most common fossil is of Coelophysis (SEE-luh-FY-sis), a small meat-eater that lived more than 200 million years ago.
Painter of Painted Desert's pastel vistas, guardian of Petrified Forest's fossil vegetation, the Chinle has given scientists Coelophysis and other Triassic dinosaurs, and even more primitive thecodonts and phytosaurs.
Permanent exhibits include casts of a Coelophysis and phytosaur.
Best knownfor fossilized redwoods and cycads, the park has in the last few years generated much excitement with its Triassic animals: numerous Coelophysis, and phytosaurs and thecodonts.
The brilliantly oxidized Chinle has preserved many Triassic dinosaurs here, particularly Coelophysis, hundreds of which may have died in one bog-like trap.
The ranch office sells guides to ranch trails; one leads to the Coelophysis quarry.
Only one other dinosaur, Coelophysis bauri, has been suspected of cannibalism but scientists lacked proof.
The best examples of Coelophysis fossils were found at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, in 1947, when hundreds were discovered.
COELOPHYSIS A highly adaptable little carnivorous dinosaur that was both an active hunter and a scavenger.
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