Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Dinos in Pop Culture - Animal Kingdom: Part 1

While at Walt Disney World last year and this year we hit up one of the four main parks, Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom, as the name suggests, it dominated by animals (shocker!), but they also have a section of the park called "DinoLand U.S.A.". The inclusion of Dinoland U.S.A. means that there are actually A LOT of dinosaurs to be had at the park (non-avian dinosaurs for the pure hearted if you will). I know I didn't capture all of them but I definitely got as many as I could. In order to do this in manageable sizes I am going to have to break these posts up. The first post will be for all the dinosaurs I found that were NOT within Dinoland U.S.A. and we'll go on from there.

Here is a map of Animal Kingdom. The two locations we will be focus on today are the main entrance and the Tree of Life in the center of the park.

The main entrance to the park has a big sign that says Animal Kingdom and a skull of an elephant on it. However to the left and right of that sign are skulls of other animals that are meant to be represented within the park. On the right side is the skull of a triceratops. 

 And on the left side is the skull of a dragon. Even though they never actually created any of it, the park was supposed to have an element of fantasy animals being the trifecta along with the real animals and the dinosaurs. Coincidentally enough, this element of the park is now coming to fruition with the opening of the Pandora land. And I have to include dragons as well because my love of dragons as possibly being influenced by dinosaurs.

At the center of the park is what is known as the Tree of Life. This is a concrete tree with "carvings" of animals located all over it. If you look closely though you may find a dinosaur or two included with them. Here I found an ankylosaurus. I feel like there was more but I couldn't find them at the time. Maybe next trip?

 And to top it off, I found these images which are remarkable similar to trace fossils that I work on for my research termed "graphoglyptids". 

Cosmorhaphe from the Palaeocene-Lower Eocene of Poland

Spirorhaphe from the Late Cretaceous of Tanzania 

For the next entry, we will delve into Dinoland U.S.A. itself.

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