What a great teaching tool

megalodon tooth replica

Megalodon tooth replica

 

My neighbor John dropped by for a visit the other day. He brought with him a museum quality fossil replica not unlike the ones being offered on Fossil Dinosaurium’s crowdfunding Indiegogo campaign.

“It’s incredible how much this specimen has had a positive effect on the boys,” he told me.

“The kids love this Megalodon replica tooth! They’ve been looking up all kinds of dinosaur stories and pictures online, drawing pictures of dinosaurs and even asking if I can take them out to look for fossils somewhere,” he added.

I’m not surprised at this. My own son’s interest in fossils is turning into a lifelong pursuit. He wants to go to fossil and mineral shows on weekends instead of playing videogames. His vocabulary is excellent – he can pronounce and spell dinosaur names I’ve never heard of. He maintains and displays his collection carefully, and knows what each piece’s name is, where it is from, and how much he invested in its’ purchase.

Now is the time to support Fossil Dinosaurium’s Indiegogo campaign https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fossils-dinosaurium–3#/  . Be part of a continuing effort to foster knowledge and promote education in a fun and exciting way.

 

Invest in your child’s imagination

velociraptor small pes claw

One of the incredible perks you will receive for a donation to Fossils Dinosaurium – A Museum in the Making. Help us make this possible!

As a child, growing up in the 21st century is a challenge. Corporations look at children as a marketing opportunity. They are targeted by companies who promote their goods and services directly at them.

Our youth are bombarded with sales strategies aimed at pushing fads to them – Monster High, Shopkins, Pokemon and the latest – Fidget Spinners. Although these products are marketed as “Collectible”, they provide limited excitement and entertainment value, and little or no educational value.

Today Fossils Dinosaurium – a museum in the making – endeavors to create a lifelong interest in natural history for our future generations. We are bringing a new, exciting educational tool through an introduction to our fossil collecting program. We believe that through this program we will encourage children to not only become interested in dinosaurs as part of our natural history, but also encourage them to research and read about this most fascinating part of the history of our planet.

As a result of fossil collecting we are creating a passion. It works as an educational tool, which young minds will expand – learning the names of dinosaurs and fossils, drawing pictures and studying our past. Parents will love seeing their children creating independent learning time rather than pushing buttons on a video game or shuffling cards.

Today’s mass marketed products have a very limited ability to hold one’s interest over the long haul. A year from now kids won’t want Shopkins or Fidget Spinners. Some new plastic wonder will have its 15 minutes of fame – and the corporation will have your money as profit.

Fossils Dinosaurium’s long term goal is to change thousands of children’s’ perspective through influencing them with fossils, thus fostering a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Our world’s paleontologists, archaeologists and geologists’ passion started in childhood. Fossil collecting and visiting fossil museums are worthwhile pursuits. These items are real history, not toys.

Now you can make the difference by supporting Fossils Dinosaurium – A Museum in the Making – on Indiegogo http://preview.tinyurl.com/ycrugvhq . Now we challenge you parents/grandparents to challenge your children. Go to our Indiegogo crowdfunding site, select one of our incredible dinosaur artifacts and help us build the world’s first crowdfunded dinosaur museum.

 

 

Utahraptor

 

Remember the intelligent “velociraptors” in the Jurassic Park movies? Turns out they weren’t velociraptors at all, rather a larger cousin – Utahraptor ostrommaysorum.

This dinosaur, the largest of the dromaeosaurids, existed during the early Cretaceous period. It weighed nearly a ton and measured about 25 feet in length. In contrast, Velociraptor weighed 30 pounds. It possessed 9 inch long claws on its hind feet, probably used to bring down prey such as the plant-eating Iguanodon. For more information on Utahraptor vs. Iguanodon, follow this link: https://www.thoughtco.com/utahraptor-vs-iguanodon-who-wins-1092463

Paleontologists believe Utahraptor was covered in feathers, as were the other dromaeosaurids, believed to have evolved into modern birds. The feathers may have only been present in the young, or they may have covered the adult dinosaurs as well, but no one to date knows for sure. Most scientists also agree that Utahraptor was warm-blooded.

Fossils Dinosaurium’s Indiegogo crowdfunding project is offering a Utahraptor claw fossil replica as one of the gifts from us to you for making a donation. Help us open the first crowdfunded dinosaur museum! Visit our Indiegogo campaign today.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fossils-dinosaurium–3#/

 

 

The gift of a fossil

Fossil Dinosaurium’s allosaurus replica claw and sheath available with a contribution to our Indiegogo campaign.

Wouldn’t it be great to give your child the gift of a fossil?

 

Show and tell would be pretty spectacular. “My name is Mikey, and I have an Allosaurus claw!” Then the child can launch into how exciting it is to have this item. This is a solid educational tool. Once you have it in your hand, you want to read about Allosaurus – when it lived, how big it was, what it ate, how it hunted, and more.

This is your opportunity to own something special. To be part of a bigger educational experiment. Be part of the excitement, education and entertainment that will be Fossils Dinosaurium. Pick out your favorite fossil piece on our Indiegogo fundraising site now.

http://tinyurl.com/ycrugvhq

Why do all this?

 

Dinosaur Prehistory Toy Game Tyrannosaurus

We need you to know the “Why?” behind Fossils Dinosaurium.

Why another dinosaur museum? And why create it using a crowdfunding platform? It’s quite a story.

Founder Russ Moore has been a dinosaur fan since his childhood, when he lived in Toronto, Canada and visited the Royal Ontario Museum on a regular basis. His first destination in the museum was the awe-inspiring, majestic dinosaur display. Some day, he wanted to play a bigger part in bringing dinosaur history to the public.

A year and a half ago, Moore felt the time was right to begin in earnest. He assembled a team of interested partners and thus, Fossils Dinosaurium was born.

Rather than apply for funding from a government agency or educational institution, Moore chose the Indiegogo crowdfunding platform to raise the needed advance cash for this major undertaking.

“Private investors would require giving up ownership of a major portion of the business,” said Moore. “Banks want equity. Until crowdfunding came along, there were tens of thousands of ordinary people with incredible ideas that no one would listen to because they didn’t have the cash. Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms are one of the great innovations of the 21st century. It allows average people to do above average things.”

Besides being innovative by using crowdfunding to generate seed money, Fossils Dinosaurium itself will be an innovative museum experience for everyone. We’ve taken a unique perspective on natural history – dinosaurs – and as much as the public worldwide has been educated and entertained through museums, movies and things about dinosaurs, there is a substantial lack of actual dinosaur museums in the world. We recognized this void that no one else has to this point.

Most museums that have dinosaur displays do not have that many real fossils. Museums purchase fossil replicas from casting companies. If only one or two full body skeletons of T-Rex exist, and ten museums want it, replicas are the logical route to go. This is what Fossils Dinosaurium plans to do.

We believe so strongly in the quality of these museum replicas that we are offering them to our Indiegogo backers as perks. If you make a donation, you will receive your fossil replica. The initial size of the Fossils Dinosaurium museum will depend on how many donors take this journey with us, but whatever the result, every donor WILL RECEIVE their designated fossil replica perk.

WIN A FOSSIL REPLICA: Help support Fossils Dinosaurium – the Making of a Museum – by being part of the excitement! Follow this blog, make a comment or ask a question and your name will be entered in a draw to win one of 25 replica dinosaur artifacts, shipping and handling included. One name will be drawn for the grand prize Bone Crushing Dog Skull, and 12 each of a Trilobite and an Allosaurus claw will be drawn. Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.

Please like us on Facebook and share our information. Find us on Twitter. Tell your friends. And of course follow our Indiegogo campaign once we announce the launch on Wednesday, June 14.

 

 

Indiegogo launch Wednesday!

Fossil Dinosaurium’s crowd funding Indiegogo campaign is officially imminent! On Wednesday, June 14 you can be part of the excitement and be an integral part of the birth of a brand new dinosaur museum.

What makes Fossils Dinosaurium’s campaign stand out against the many other current crowd funding projects? Our perks – the gifts we give to you in thanks for your donations – represent the best of the best that museums purchase for their own public fossil displays. With proper care these quality fossil replicas will last more than 50 years.

One of the advantages Fossils Dinosaurium will have that many businesses do not is longevity. Major museums tend not to close. Pick a large city from anywhere around the world. Look into when its museum of natural history opened. Many are over 100 years old. Our personal favorite is Toronto Ontario’s Royal Ontario Museum. It celebrated its centennial March 14, 2014 and will be going strong well into the 21st Century.

This longevity comes from the tireless work from numerous paleontologists, geologists, volunteers and more who work mostly without recognition. One of Fossils Dinosaurium’s goals is to bring you the newest and the latest in prehistory. We will be directly involved with paleontologists in the field, offering funding to their projects to enhance our ability to bring you these new finds from around the world.

With your help we will make this a success. Support us on our 60-day Indiegogo adventure.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhpz2SbWqOY

WIN A FOSSIL REPLICA: Help support Fossils Dinosaurium – the Making of a Museum – by being part of the excitement! Follow this blog, make a comment or ask a question and your name will be entered in a draw to win one of 25 replica dinosaur artifacts, shipping and handling included. One name will be drawn for the grand prize Bone Crushing Dog Skull, and 12 each of a Trilobite and an Allosaurus claw will be drawn. Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.

Please like us on Facebook and share our information. Find us on Twitter. Tell your friends. And of course follow our Indiegogo campaign once we announce the launch in days to come.

More than Jurassic times

Meganeura dragonfly_fossil

The Carboniferous Period’s dragonfly  Meganeura could have a wingspan of over two feet.

 

Movies may have popularized T-Rex, but Fossil Dinosaurium’s displays will detail so much more than Jurassic times.

See our recreation of Cenozoic Earth when early Man interacted with mammoths, sabre-toothed tigers, giant flightless birds and other now extinct mammals of the Quaternary Period. This is the Age of Mammals, when giant deer, sloths, cave bears and more roamed the post-dinosaur world. Nearly every plant today had its beginning in the Cenozoic Era.

While the Cenozoic may be a relatively short period of time (65 million years), it is significant due to the rise of modern man. You may never see the Lascaux Caves in France but you will see our re-created cave art. Fossils Dinosaurium will bring you the quality, size, sophistication and antiquity of the Caves of Lascaux in life-size form, bringing you the finest display of paleo art from the end of the Palaeolithic period.

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A section of the famous Lascaux Caves paintings in France.

 

WIN A FOSSIL REPLICA: Help support Fossils Dinosaurium – the Making of a Museum – by being part of the excitement! Follow this blog, make a comment or ask a question and your name will be entered in a draw to win one of 25 replica dinosaur artifacts, shipping and handling included. One name will be drawn for the grand prize Bone Crushing Dog Skull, and 12 each of a Trilobite and an Allosaurus claw will be drawn. Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.

Please like us on Facebook and share our information. Find us on Twitter. Tell your friends. And of course follow our Indiegogo campaign once we announce the launch in days to come.

 

Kids and dinosaurs

paleontologist dig

Children and dinosaurs go together like kids and candy. How many of you dreamed about having a pet dinosaur when you were a child?

Fossils Dinosaurium will grasp that enthusiasm and grow our visitors’ thirst for knowledge. Our interactive exhibits and activities will be as exciting as they are educational. We plan on including visual cues along with active note taking – two skills any youth planning to follow a career in paleontology will need to work on.

To this end, Fossils Dinosaurium will establish a “dinosaur graveyard”. This 60×20-foot space could recreate a modern dig site. Imagine a hot, dry August morning in the badlands of Montana. You are working among the rocks, uncovering a variety of partial skeletal fossils. You surmise this is the remains of a 65-million-year-old riverbed. Animals had gathered at this water source to drink, when a surge from an upriver storm caused a flash flood, catching many creatures in its wake.

Kids will move throughout this exhibit, identifying various fossil remains with the help of a fossil map book they can fill out and take home with them as a souvenir. At the end of this exhibit, children will try their hand at fossil excavation in Fossil Dinosaurium’s large dig pit.

WIN A FOSSIL REPLICA: Help support Fossils Dinosaurium – the Making of a Museum – by being part of the excitement! Follow this blog, make a comment or ask a question and your name will be entered in a draw to win one of 25 replica dinosaur artifacts, shipping and handling included. One name will be drawn for the grand prize Bone Crushing Dog Skull, and 12 each of a Trilobite and an Allosaurus claw will be drawn. Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.

Please like us on Facebook and share our information. Find us on Twitter. Tell your friends. And of course follow our Indiegogo campaign once we announce the launch in days to come.

 

Trilobites – Who knew?

Before creating the Indiegogo crowdfunding for Fossils Dinosaurium, we had no idea so many different Trilobites had been discovered!

The incredible variety of these ancient underwater creatures is rivaled only by the skills talented and dedicated paleontologists use to prepare and display these crustacean-like arthropods. First appearing in the fossil record in the Early Cambrian (521 million years ago), they went extinct during the Permian mass extinction (250 million years ago).

Between those millions of years of evolution, the size, shape and appendages on trilobites changed many times over. Some developed long, feathery feelers, likely for probing the sea bed for food. Found singly and also in large groups these creatures could be mistaken for insects.

Fossils Dinosaurium is offering you a chance to win a Trilobite fossil replica. Help support our Indiegogo campaign (launching next week – stay tuned!). Follow this blog, comment, ask a question, like and share our Facebook page Fossils Dinosaurium and your name will be entered in a draw to win a casting of a Dinocrocuta skull or one of 12 Trilobites or Allosaurus claws.

Draw will be October 1, 2017. Winners will be notified by email.

Share the excitement! Visit our webpage too! http://www.fossilsdinosaurium.com/