Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies
Sauropods Hatching
Sauropods Hatching - Illustration by Luis Rey
Comparing dinosaurs to birds of prey
Dinosaurs and Birds of Prey - Illustration by Luis Rey
Carnivorous oviraptoran dinosaur feeds its hungry nestlings
Pecking Order - Illustration by Luis Rey

In 1923 the Flaming Cliffs of the Gobi Desert yielded one of the great finds of paleontology. Entombed within sun-baked sandstone, to the surprise of all in the expedition, was a collection of oval-shaped oddities: the first dinosaur eggs known to science. Skeletal trophies erected in New York and elsewhere might have displayed dinosaurs’ massive forms, but the newly unearthed, 75-million-year-old eggs provided a glimpse into the lives of these ancient creatures that no skeleton could.

 

Since the Gobi expeditions fossilized dinosaur eggs have been recovered from sites around the world. And not just eggs, but also the bones of tiny hatchlings and even tinier embryos! From egg to elder, the life histories of dinosaurs is slowly unraveling with each discovery. Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies presents that incredible story.

 

With hands-on displays, life-like models, stunning artwork, and more than 150 dinosaur eggs on display, Tiny Titans offers a rare and exciting look at the lives of dinosaurs, as well as their living descendants—birds!

 

The Museum gratefully acknowledges the O. C. Marsh Fellows 2013 - 2014 for their support of the exhibition. We also thank Songline Emu Farm for their support and expertise.

 

 

In March and May 2014, we hatched live emus in the exhibition! This video from the March hatching shows the appearance of our first emu chick--a tiny (and adorable) living dinosaur.