Throwback Thursday: DinoTracks and Black Beauty

Exhibits come and go here at the Museum & Theatre, and today we’re highlighting an exhibit that debuted six years ago, which you might remember: DinoTracks!

This trilingual exhibit explored, in English, Spanish and French, the fossil footprints of dinosaurs that once roamed New England and eastern Canada. Put together with help from the staff of the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT, DinoTracks also inspired programming including dino puppet making, learning how a Tyrannosaurus Rex moved, and making track print art.

Natural history educator Tony Sohns of Ellsworth, ME, also helped us borrow, for a limited time, a replica skull of Black Beauty. No, not the horse… a famous skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex! Black Beauty, named for the dark shiny mineral deposits on its bones from the rocks around it, was discovered in 1980 in Alberta, Canada, where the full skeleton is still housed at the Royal Tyrell Museum. Black Beauty and other replica skulls and complete fossils (have you heard of Sue, or Stan, a couple of other famous Tyrannosaur skeletons?) are still on tour and on display in several museums around the world. We were happy and proud to be one of them in 2009!

The original Black Beauty in Alberta, Canada. Image via Wikimedia.
The original Black Beauty in Alberta, Canada. Image via Wikimedia.

DinoTracks has come and gone as an exhibit, but we’re still wild about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures here at the museum! Did you know that we have lots of fossil replicas, minerals and more in our collection? Check out some of our Science Spotlights and other programs that will let you explore tons of rocks, fossils, and creatures both living today and from the eras of dinosaurs!