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New Species of Fossil Crocodile Named for Long-Time Volunteer Is a "Little Nipper" of a Big Discovery

A new species of prehistoric crocodilian ancestor (that existed in what is now North Texas, but 96 million years ago) has been named Scolomastax sahlsteini after Arthur Sahlstein, a volunteer citizen scientist that assisted in its discovery at the Arlington Archosaur Site. The "little nipper," which was 3-6 feet long, lived in the last period of the Age of Dinosaurs, and co-existed with several other species of crocodyliform (extinct crocodile relative) as well as newly discovered species of dinosaurs, mammals, plants, fish and more. Due to its "weird" jaw, scientists studying its fossils believe the extinct reptile may have been an omnivore feasting on hard prey and plant life, which would differ greatly from any of its modern obligate-carnivorous ancestors alive today. The fossils of S. sahlsteini are now part of the permanent collection of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.   

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Summer at the Perot Museum Simmers with Science and Cool Creativity as The Art of the Brick Blockbuster Exhibition Continues, Plus Late Nights, Camps and More

Escape the heat and retreat to the cool confines of the Perot Museum with the world's largest display of LEGO® bricks, plus new films, Asteroid Day, meet and architect, Moon Day, adults-only fun and the 2nd annual Dino Fest. 

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George Wright Society Honors Perot Museum of Nature and Science Paleontologist Dr. Anthony Fiorillo with the Natural Resource Achievement Award for His Groundbreaking Contributions to Alaska's National Parks

The Natural Resource Achievement Award recognizes excellence in research, management, or education related to the natural resource of parks, reserves and other protected areas. Dr. Fiorillo is among eight winners of outstanding achievements in conservation of special places.

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Perot Museum Presents Two-Day May the Fourth Be With You Event Featuring Special Star Wars Showings, Sci-Fi Activities, Character Meet-Ups and More

Don your favorite sci-fi gear and travel to a “galaxy far, far away” as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science celebrates the power of the Force with a two-day May The Fourth Be With You weekend extravaganza May 4-5. Connect with the light and dark sides of the Force while enjoying special sci-fi activities, saber battles on the Plaza, droid races, augmented reality, performances, character meet-ups, Star Wars-themed music, food and more. Discover the science behind the famous films by exploring robotics, futuristic technology and life on other planets.

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Tiny Texas Dinosaur in Perot's Life Then and Now Hall Has Been Named 35 Years After Discovery

A small, birdlike dinosaur, whose remains make up the largest trove of dinosaurs ever discovered in Texas, has officially been named Convolosaurus marri after SMU alumnus and patron Ray Marr. The specimen, whose new name translates to "flocking lizard," was discovered at Proctor Lake (southwest of Fort Worth) in 1985 and  is currently on display in the Perot Museum's Life Then and Now Hall. Photo credit The Dallas Morning News.

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Perot Museum's “Roxy the Raptor” Throws Out First Pitch for “Dino Day” at March 31 Texas Rangers Game

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s “Roxy the Raptor” kicked off Dino Day during the Texas Ranger’s first home game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Photo credit

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