How the Dinosaurs Lived

6a00d83453e6e169e20120a64c34a0970b-200wiAs a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, author, and educator, Scott Sampson‘s work reaches into the past, present, and future. While holding a dual position at the University of Utah and the university’s Utah Museum of Natural History, he began a major project in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, one of the country’s last frontiers for dinosaur paleontology. The site proved to be a window back in

time, to a region populated by many never-before-seen dinosaur varieties, including a giant duck-billed dinosaur, a new type of feathered dinosaur, and others. In this video, Sampson and others from the Utah Museum of Natural History trace a dinosaur fossil from the earth to the museum.

In his book Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in a Web of Life, Sampson places dinosaurs in the context of the entire natural world, from the origins of life to the present. Illustrating how dinosaurs lived and what we can learn from them, Sampson imparts a sense of wonder about paleontology and the scientific revelations that still wait to be unearthed.

Sampson now lives in California, and continues his research while taking on new projects related to education. He is the paleontologist and host of the Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet, and of the PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company. In the video below, from PBS’s coverage of the of the TV Critics Press Tour, Sampson talks to Zadi Diaz about Dinosaur Train, and how learning about dinosaurs is a great way to start learning about science and the natural world.

2 thoughts on “How the Dinosaurs Lived

  1. I love going to the Natural History in London. They have a moving model of a T-Rex. Most people say that it looks smaller than they expected, but that’s probably because in the movie Jurassic Park, they scaled them up by 50% or so!

  2. Fossils is brand of paleontology whict it can use determine age and palaeoenvironment. i very interesting about this site because can add to knowledge about fossils.thanks

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