Interactive Map Reveals Which Dinosaurs Roamed Your Hometown Millions of Years Ago

Dinosaur Fossil

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A new interactive map shows where on Earth the many different species of dinosaurs once roamed. Hosted by The Dinosaur Database, the Ancient Earth globe has two ways to learn more about the dinosaurs that lived in a particular location. Users can either start by investigating their hometown's fossils or by searching the map for a specific species of interest.

Using the Ancient Earth globe is easy. Users simply type the name of a city into the search field at the top left-hand side of the screen. A list of nearby fossils is then generated from the website's database. Near New York City, for example, paleontologists have discovered fossils of the Grallator, Pteranodon, and Dryptosaurus. Each species points to a static webpage full of interesting facts and images to explore, as well as a direct link to view where the dinosaur lived on the Ancient Earth globe. Uniquely generated for every species, pins mark all locations where fossils have been discovered.

Users can easily explore any species that may interest them with The Dinosaur Database's search function. Curious about where the Tyrannosaurus rex once roamed? A simple search brings up the species' information page. A globe with red pins shows that fossils of the ferocious dinosaur have been found primarily in the American West.

Created by computer scientist and paleontologist Ian Webster, Ancient Earth can also trace your hometown's tectonic shift using the site's many features. Wherever one's curiosity leads, Ancient Earth and The Dinosaur Database can teach users about their hometown and its ancient dinosaur residents.

The interactive map Ancient Earth tells users what dinosaurs once roamed their neighborhood millions of years ago.

Dryptosaurus NYC Dinosaurs Ancient Earth

Dryptosaurus fossils discovered near New York City on the Ancient Earth map.

Hosted by The Dinosaur Database, users can investigate the dinosaurs found in one specific location or simply search by species. Interactive globe maps for each species show pins where fossils have been discovered.

Pteranodon NYC Dinosaurs Ancient Earth

Pteranodon fossils discovered near New York City on the Ancient Earth map.

Tyrannosaurus Dinosaur Fossil Locations

Tyrannosaurus rex fossil locations pinned onto the Ancient Earth map set at 66 million years ago.

The Dinosaur Database: Website
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All images via Ancient Earth unless specified.

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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