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On Display in the Special Exhibits Gallery

During the Mesozoic Era, or Age of Dinosaurs (from 252 to 66 million years ago), much of Alaska was a polar forest teeming with dinosaurs. Scientists can paint a picture of what it looked like and what kinds of animals lived here.

The evidence comes from the bones and footprints they left behind. 

UAMN paleontologists collect fossils from every corner of Alaska - from the frigid North Slope to the mountains of Central and Southwest Alaska to the coastal forests of Southeast. The museum has the only research lab in the state dedicated to studying dinosaurs.

Meet Alaska's Newest Dinosaur

Ugrunaaluk  (oo-GREW-na-luck)  kuukpikensis  (KOOK-pik-en-sis) 

Researchers at the University of Alaska Museum of the North have described a new species of hadrosaur, a type of duck-billed dinosaur that once roamed the North Slope of Alaska in herds. Now on display in the museum lobby, an original painting by Anchorage artist James Havens depicting Alaska's newest dinosaur species, along with skeletal mounts of three juveniles made from casts of the fossils used to describe the new species.

Read more here

Visit the exhibit!

  • See authentic Alaska dinosaurs
  • Compare your leg to a Diplodocus femur
  • View fossils and try your hand at excavating
  • Examine dinosaur teeth under a microscope
  • Explore a virtual field camp

Watch the trailer.

Discover the world of Alaska dinosaurs.

Download our "Dino Fact Sheet"
Learn the difference between authentic Alaska dinosaurs and the marine reptiles that lived in the time of Ancient Alaska.

Now showing in the Museum Auditorium,
See the museum's film and go on an adventure across Alaska in search of these fossils and other evidence of life in ancient Alaska.

Read our blog.
See stories about some of the fossil discoveries in Alaska that have led to a new understanding about the state during the Age of Dinosaurs.

Learn more about the exhibit.
Ever since he arrived here, earth sciences curator Pat Druckenmiller has wanted to update the museum’s exhibits to include the story of Alaska’s dinosaurs.


Explore Alaska

Expedition Alaska: Dinosaurs will take you on an adventure across Alaska. Follow museum paleontologists as they journey down the Yukon River, climb cliffs on the Alaska Peninsula, and excavate bones out of permafrost on the North Slope.  Extreme country calls for extreme logistics: army helicopters, rock climbing, and 500 miles by open boat along the Yukon and Tanana Rivers. Films shot on location will tell the story of adventure and multi-year planning in museum research. 

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