The 20th Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl
Torosaurus illustration by Armand Morgan.© 2006 Yale Peabody Museum. All rights reserved.


Hopkins School

The 20th Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Open to 4th, 5th & 6th Grade Students and Home-School Students between Ages 8 and 11 from around Connecticut and beyond.


The final round in the Museum’s Great Hall at 1:15 pm is open to the public.


Registration Form


Research day at Hopkins School

Hopkins School invites all registered participants to Paleo-Knowledge Bowl Research Day at Hopkins on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. A Paleo-Knowledge Research Guide will be available to attendees online on November 4. Hopkins is located at 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT. Visit for directions to the school and to access the guide.


The 2017 Competition

The Yale Peabody Museum invites you to participate in the 20th Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl to be held Sunday, November 12, 2017.

The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is an oral competition in which conventionally-schooled students in grades 4, 5 and 6 and homeschooled students between the ages of 8 and 11 work in teams of three to answer some very difficult questions about paleontology, especially dinosaurs. Points are earned for correct answers and teams with the highest number of points advance in the competition. Participation is not limited to Connecticut schools.

Teams will be assigned to “pools.” Pool size and exact assignment protocol will depend on the number of registered teams. 

The Final Round will be held in the Museum’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs, which is open to the public.  The Final Round will consist of 4 teams.

 Teams must be composed of 3 students from the same school or homeschool. Teams may include an alternate but the alternate might not participate in the competition if all three regular team members are able to compete. A student may participate for a maximum of three consecutive years. Schools are limited to three teams each. If your school has more, consider holding a "play-off" competition to determine which students will compete at the Peabody this year. 

All contestants receive a specially designed Paleo-Knowledge Bowl T-shirt designed for the 2017 competition and a certificate of participation. Members of the winning team will be presented with family memberships to the Yale Peabody Museum, a trophy for their school, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody’s vertebrate paleontology collections, and a special prize for each team member. Second place winners will also receive family memberships, a behind-the- scenes tour, and a special prize for each team member. Third and fourth place winners will receive a special prize for each team member.

What kind of questions are asked? Find out here.



Teams are required to register in advance. A principal or teacher MUST COMPLETE and SIGN a registration form. Teams are NOT registered until the registration fees are paid AND they receive a written letter of confirmation from the Yale Peabody Museum.


To register, download and complete the Registration Form, enclose a fee of $22 per team payable to Yale Peabody Museum, and mail or hand-deliver to the Museum. Registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 31, OR hand-delivered by Friday November 3. The mailing address is Office of Public & Youth Engagement, Yale Peabody Museum, P.O. Box 208118, New Haven, CT 06520-8118. The physical address is Yale Peabody Museum, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511. (Note that Whitney Avenue is not our mailing address.)


Download the Registration Form here:


Registration Form

For questions and information, email or call 203-432-6646.

The Yale Peabody Museum reserves the right to change eligibility requirements in advance of the next competition.


Sponsored by Hopkins School.