Paleo-Knowledge Bowl XXII
Torosaurus illustration by Armand Morgan.© 2006 Yale Peabody Museum. All rights reserved.


Hopkins School

The 22nd Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl

Due to concerns about COVID-19, the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl scheduled for April 19 has been cancelled.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Open to 4th, 5th & 6th grade students and home-schooled students between the ages of 9 and 12.  The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is open to all schools - Connecticut and beyond.  In fact the last two winning teams were from other states: New York in 2018 and Vermont in 2019. 


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The 2020 Competition

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History invites you to participate in the 22nd Annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl to be held Sunday, April 19, 2020!  This year the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl will again be part of our museum-wide Dino Days celebration.  Thanks to our partners at Hopkins School for sponsoring both this year's Paleo-Knowledge Bowl and Dino Days!  

The Paleo-Knowledge Bowl is a competition for 4th, 5th and 6th students and home schooled students between the ages of 9 and 12.  Students work in teams of 3 to answer challenging questions about paleontology, with a special focus on dinosaurs.  Points are earned for correct answers and teams with the highest number of points will advance in the competition.  The O.C. Marsh Lecture Hall will stand in for the Great Hall during the renovation.   Rounds 1 and 2 take place in the morning, while the final round kicks off after lunch in David Friend Hall.  The public is invited to watch the final round which features the top four teams.


All contestants will receive a special Paleo-Knowledge Bowl T-shirt designed for the 2020 competition and a certificate of participation. Members of the winning team will be presented with a trophy for their school, family memberships to the Yale Peabody Museum, a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Peabody Museum’s paleontology collections, and a special prize for each team member.  The second place team will also receive family memberships, a behind-the-scenes tour, and a special prize for each team member.  Team members on the third and fourth place teams will also receive a special prize.

Teams must be composed of three students from the same school or homeschool.  Teams may include an alternate but the alternate may 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.  Due to space limitations, we are limiting the competition to 15 teams, so each school will be limited to a maximum of two teams.  If there is a lot of interest at your school, consider holding a "play-off" competition to determine which students will represent your school in the Paleo-Knowledge Bowl this year.  Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Tentative Schedule for the Day

8:30am - Team Check-In

9:00am - Welcome Orientation

9:45am - Round 1

11:00am - Round 2

12:00pm - Lunch Break (bring your own or use area restaurants)

1:15pm - Final Round

2:15pm - Award Ceremony


What kind of questions are asked? Find out here.


Research Day at Hopkins School

Hopkins School invites all registered participants to Paleo-Knowledge Bowl Research Day at Hopkins to be scheduled at a later date.  An on-line Paleo-Knowledge Research Guide will also be made available to registered teams through Hopkins School.  Hopkins School is located at 986 Forest Road, New Haven, CT.  Visit Hopkins for directions to the school.



This year's competition is limited to 15 teams, with a registration deadline of midnight on April 3, 2020.  A principal, teacher or coach must submit the registration form.  Registration is not complete until the registration fee is received.  A confirmation e-mail will be sent when all registration materials have been received.


To register, complete the on-line Registration Form  and mail a check for $30 for each team to the following address:


Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Office of School & Teacher Engagement

P.O. Box 208118

New Haven, CT 06520-8118

Attn: Paleo-Knowledge Bowl


Make check payable to Yale Peabody Museum.  Deadline for all entries and payments is April 3.


Download our event flyer

Download a paper copy of the Registration Form


For questions and information, email or call 203-432-0944.

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