Best Places To Go Dinosaur Hunting This 2020

Tyrannosaurus rex may be the king of dinosaurs, but a newly unearthed dino species may soon challenge its reign. 

Meet Thanatotheristes degrootorum, also known as the "the Reaper of Death," or simply Thanatos, Greek for death. This set of dinosaur bones was discovered by a farmer who stumbled upon it while hiking near a small settlement in Canada in 2010, and has a long snout and large steak-knife-like teeth, making it a feared creature back in its day.

Whether you are a fan of rex, dinosaurs or prehistoric creatures in general, there is no denying that they stoke your interest in areas filled with dinosaur bones. These places may not have resurrected prehistoric animals that come straight out of Jurassic Park but they do provide you with the best prehistoric experience if you are the type that is curious about what dinos (or rather their skeletal remains or fossils) look like:

United States 

According to the Smithsonian Magazine, complete dinosaur skeletons from digs in the Western United States, from Texas to Montana, are still routinely pulled by scientists. The two hot spots for finding remains of dinos and/or going on a dig are: 

  • Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming
  • Two Medicine Dinosaur Center in Bynum, Montana 

In addition, the Dakotas have their share of dino digs, either by trekking with paleontologist Walter W. Stein's PaleoAdventures tours to the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota's Black Hills or contacting the North Dakota Geological Survey for digs across the state that is dotted with bones of Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and other dinosaur species.

Canada

Specifically, the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, which has the single greatest concentration of various dinosaur species in one spot.

Mongolia 

The Gobi Desert, particularly near the Flaming Cliffs of Bayanzag, is a dino bone graveyard. Dubbed the “largest fossil reservoir in the world,” according to the BBC, the area is littered with so many dinosaur remains it is hard to tell if it is bone or stone.

Russia 

In August 2017, a necropolis full of woolly mammoths, woolly rhinos and predatory dinosaurs was "accidentally" found by scientists in Bolshoy Ilek near the Chulym River in Central Russia. According to The Siberian Times, the remains are about 130 million years old. Mamontovoye and Berelekh in Siberia also house large sites filled with dino bones.

China 

China has its share of dinosaur bones as well. According to Top China Travel, the most prolific dino bone sites are: 

  • Western Liaoning District, dubbed "the park of the Cretaceous period"
  • Nanyang City in Southwest Henan Province where large amounts of intact dinosaur eggs were discovered in the 1920s
  • Zigong, dubbed "the cemetery" or "former residence" of dinosaurs due to its large concentrated quantities of well-preserved dinosaur fossils of various classifications
  • Inner Mongolia which is called "Dinosaur Town," the only place where scientists have found “dinosaur fossils (that) belong to two geological ages at the same fault”
  • Lufeng in Yunnan Province

Argentina 

In the country's southern El Calafate area, which is renowned for its ancient dinosaur bones, paleontologists discovered the remains of two new herbivorous dinosaur species in late 2019. The bones themselves are 70 million years old and were exceptionally huge. In fact, one bone measured over 82 feet long and another measured 13 feet.

dinosaur “Unfortunately, the Jurassic Park scenario must remain in the realms of fiction,” the researchers concluded. shvmoz, CC BY-SA 2.0

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