Another delayed post… but interesting all the same. I hope they are helpful to someone and of nothing else, a wonderful record of times when the kids and I had fun learning about something new and just a bit unique.
While 2014 has not had us digging deep into the dinosaur world like we have, we did find the time to learn all about this Australian herbivore. The Minmi is named after a water body in Australia and is one of the most complete sets of fossils. Things like stomach content, skin texture and all sorts of fine details are saved in the fossils. It is believed that this dinosaur was often washed to sea and preserved as it was definitely a 4 legged land mammal.
Emanuel found this dinosaur most interesting due to its many armored plates and its obvious herbivore nature. We had a great discussion about where Australia is and how this was NOT a large armored dinosaur. Now we did have a rather interesting video by La Trobe University. Australian Dinosaur – Minmi.
And the links were actually plentiful on this dinosaur:
An ostrich like dinosaur, the Struthiomimus was a fleet footed beaked Cretaceous period omnivore. Found in western North America, it is a flightless bird like creature and quite the curiosity. Considered one of the fastest of the dinosaurs this ostrich-mimic has been found as a completed fossil in entirety.
Now for the videos!!! First we have a recounting of finding a complete Struthiomimus skeleton.
The second video is a 3D dinosaur video of our dinosaur entitled 3D Dinosaur Adventure – Struthoimimus.