Although they certainly never went out of fashion, dinosaurs are enjoying a resurgence in popularity because of the recent release of Disney's animated Dinosaur movie. If all the related dinosaur hoopla is spurring a dino interest in your household, here are some educational sites to explore together. [Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Dinosaurs]
Discovering Dinosaurs, from Britannica.com, explores "how our conception of dinosaurs has evolved in the 150 years since the creatures were first 'discovered.' Despite 66 million years of extinction, dinosaurs continue to change as we do, because they exist as much in our science and imagination as they do deep within the ground, in scattered fossil remnants." For middle and high school students (and adults) this site is arranged on a grid time line, exploring science's view of dinosaur environment, anatomy, behavior and physiology. The activity guide is superb.
Who is Sue? "Sue is the largest, most complete, and best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex. She was discovered by fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson in 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota." Following a long custody battle, Sue was sold at Sotheby's auction house October 4, 1997. The Field Museum purchased Sue for nearly $8.4 million - the most money ever paid for a fossil. On May 17 of this year, the museum revealed Sue. She stands thirteen feet high at her hips and is forty-two feet long from head to tail.
There are so many ways to explore this BBC site (my pick-of-the-day!) it's hard to decide where to begin. I suggest clicking on Today's Choice to view the Flash episode of the day. And, since fun is such an important part of learning, don't miss the Games and Quizzes -- which is where you will find the dinosaur Web cam (the only one of its kind on the WHOLE Internet.) For a unique collection of dino jokes ("Why did the Apatosaurus devour the factory? Because she was a plant eater") click on Dig Deeper, then You Sent Us.