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

TENTATIVE DATE: 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.


Click here to register team (Registration closed)


Research day at Hopkins School

Hopkins School offers all registered participants the opportunity to attend the Paleo-Knowledge Research Day at Hopkins School, 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT, in the Calarco Library (2017 date and time to be determined). An online Paleo-Knowledge Resource Guide will be made available to attendees by early November. (Directions at


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 (tentative date).

The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is an oral competition in which students in grades 4, 5 and 6 from around the state of Connecticut and beyond work in teams to answer some very difficult questions about paleontology, especially dinosaurs. Each team is composed of 3 students from the same school who work together to earn points for correct answers. Teams with the highest number of points advance in the competition.

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.

Any student in the 4th, 5th or 6th grade, or home-school students between the ages of 8 and 11, with a maximum participation of three consecutive years, is qualified to participate in the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl. Teams must be composed of 3 students from the same school, and may include an alternate if desired (please note that the alternate might not participate in the competition if the 3 regular team members are all able to compete). Each school can enter a maximum of 3 teams. Participation is not limited to Connecticut schools.

All contestants receive a specially designed Paleo-Knowledge Bowl T-shirt 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.

Each year this unique contest receives rave reviews from teachers and parents, and from the students who enjoy showing off their knowledge of dinosaurs. This is an excellent opportunity for students with an interest in science to team up with their schoolmates and be rewarded for what they know!



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.  Deadline to register a team is still to be determined.

To register, complete the registration form and return it by mail along with your registration fee for each team (make checks payable to the Yale Peabody Museum).

For registration information and forms send questions to

Because of increased interest and more participating teams every year, each school will be limited to a maximum of 3 teams. If you have more than 3 teams (9 students, to a maximum of 12 including alternates), we suggest you hold a “play-off” competition at your school to determine which students will compete at the Peabody. We hope this does not cause undue disappointment for you or your students.

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


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