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Dawn of the Dinosaurs

On long-term display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

A crocodile-like phytosaur (right) lunges at the tusked herbivore Placerias in a tableau at the center of Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Dawn of the Dinosaurs, is the only exhibition in North America dedicated exclusively to the flora and fauna of the Triassic.

Here, visitors can discover Coelophysis, New Mexico's state fossil and one of the very first dinosaurs. The last of the giant amphibians and some of the terrors of the Triassic—a 12-foot long predatory erythrosuchian and the crocodile-like phytosaurs—are also featured. This highly interactive exhibit allows visitors to explore fossil evidence like scientists.

Also on exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

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