Dig deep into Florida’s fossil history

Today, the Florida Museum of Natural History joins the show to discuss its Fantastic Fossils exhibit! The exhibition is a collaboration between the museum’s exhibition and research teams, the entire exhibition was conceptualized and constructed in-house.

• The highlight of the exhibit is the Live Lab which offers a unique behind-the-scenes look and the opportunity to interact with researchers as they work. Experience a full working lab and chat with paleontology curators, collections managers, students and volunteers to see what life as a scientist is like. Guests can view a variety of tasks and projects in the lab, such as cleaning and reconstructing fossils, sorting tiny bones from sediments, and creating digital reconstructions.

• More than 100 real fossils from the museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology, Invertebrate Paleontology and Paleobotany collections are also on display, in addition to casts and replicas. The two most visually striking casts are the life-size casts of Triceratops and Albertosaurus that greet guests as they enter.

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• The exhibit will also bring researchers together virtually from the field and collections to showcase interesting specimens not on display and answer questions visitors may have about exploring the past.

• Other components include an interactive paleoart activity where guests can trace and draw prehistoric life to take home.

The exhibition is open daily until January 1, 2023, but we recommend coming weekday mornings for the best experience. With smaller crowds, guests can take their time in the museum without feeling rushed and this gives staff more time to interact with visitors one-on-one and provide an even more rewarding visit. To learn more, click here.

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