Highlights from the Cretaceous
During the Cretaceous, seas covered parts of New Mexico, and along their shorelines lived some of the last dinosaurs. This exhibit explores the interplay of land and sea environments in Cretaceous New Mexico that preceded the final extinction of the dinosaurs.
Below are some of the features in the New Mexico's Seacoast exhibit.
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Mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous is popularly believed to have been caused by an asteroid collision with Earth.
Fossilized dinosaur dung found in northwest New Mexico.
Trace fossil of Tyrannosaurus rex
found near Raton, New Mexico.
Nearly complete skull found in the Kirtland Formation in San Juan County, New Mexico.
takes its name, which means "five-horned face," from the five horns--one above the nostril, two above the eyes and one on each cheek.
, Spike, stands guard outside of the entrance to the museum.
Armored plant eaters who migrated between Asia and North America during the Late Cretaceous.
It is likely that the crest was used to produce visual signals and to create distinctive sounds.