Where is the Dinosaur Capital of the World?

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That is a very good question.  Where is it? Is it really in Canada or Texas? I think neither because dinosaurs don't get the publicity they need.  The media pays attention to sensational happenings and the more important topics are ignored.  If it was not for the fact that children like dinosaurs and it is great for marketing goods to kids, the dinosaurs would get as much attention as the space program.  That would be sad.  I watch youtube clips searching the phrase "UFO" and lots of cool clips from NASA in orbit show very cool UFO-lighty things hovering around or just shooting into the space.  Some of them are saved under my favorites in my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/cushsf) and I think they more than justify the need for the space program: We can investigate the UFO question via youtube clips from NASA.  I wish we could find some good way to put dinosaurs to work somewhere so they get adequate attention.

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from Dinosaur Tracking by Brian Switek
A super-sized Tyrannosaurus greets visitors to Drumheller in Alberta, Canada. From Flickr user ceasol.

A super-sized Tyrannosaurus greets visitors to Drumheller in Alberta, Canada. From Flickr user ceasol.

Earlier this week the Burpee Museum of Natural History and the Discovery Center Museum, both in Rockford, Illinois, held a ground-breaking ceremony on a $10 million expansion for the museums.  The construction will give both institutions more exhibition space, and if the comments of Burpee Museum of Natural History director Alan Brown are anything to go by, the space will be packed with dinosaurs:

“This is a culmination of four years of very hard work trying to raise the funds. We’re very excited about it. The impact on Rockford we think is going to be significant to tourism, reputation. We think we’re going to be the dinosaur capital of the world.”

Which raises the question: what is the present dinosaur capital of the world? Naturally, it depends on who you ask. The town of Drumheller in Alberta, Canada justifiably touts itself as a top dino spot, but the town of Glen Rose, Texas has also been playing up its reputation as a place rich in dinosaur fossils. Which town deserves the title of the “Dinosaur Capital of the World?”

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If you selected “other,” let us know in the comments what town or city you would nominate as “Dinosaur Capital of the World.”

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