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Dawn of the Dinosaurs

On long-term display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

A crocodile-like phytosaur (right) lunges at the tusked herbivore Placerias in a tableau at the center of Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Dawn of the Dinosaurs, is the only exhibition in North America dedicated exclusively to the flora and fauna of the Triassic.

Here, visitors can discover Coelophysis, New Mexico's state fossil and one of the very first dinosaurs. The last of the giant amphibians and some of the terrors of the Triassic—a 12-foot long predatory erythrosuchian and the crocodile-like phytosaurs—are also featured. This highly interactive exhibit allows visitors to explore fossil evidence like scientists.

Also on exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

New Mexico CulturePass

Your ticket to 15 exceptional Museums and Historic Sites. From Indian treasures to space exploration, world-class folk art to awesome dinosaurs—our museums and monuments celebrate the essence of New Mexico every day.
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Featured DCA Exhibitions

Generations

The Museum's first permanent exhibit takes visitors on an odyssey through 150 generations over 4,000 years of agriculture in New Mexico.
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Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art

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Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico

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No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art

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