• Living Dinosaurs at the Zoo are “Social,” Too!

    One year ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    The Minnesota Zoo's six sand tiger sharks are all on display inside Discovery Bay. Did you know that they are great ambush hunters? This summer at the Minnesota Zoo you can see extinct dinosaurs right alongside living ones: birds! The Zoo is home to chickens at the farm, penguins inside the main building, and native birds on the Minnesota Trail. The Tropics Trail alone houses more than 470 birds representing 90 species. The flock of lesser flamingos on the Tropics Trail is a favorite with Zoo guests. Lesser flamingos from Africa and India are always found in large flocks. During the...
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  • Were Dinosaurs Social?

    One year ago - By Minnesota Zoo

    Fossil evidence doesn't reveal everything about an animal's behavior, but it can give clues! Some modern dinosaurs live in flocks and others are solitary. Some extinct dinosaurs, especially predators, might have been loners. Herbivores might have stuck together in herds for protection. Fossil trackways of large sauropod suggest at least some dinosaurs traveled in groups. There is evidence that other dinosaurs nested together in the same area. When many fossil nests, eggs, and bones of dinosaurs are found in the same location, it can indicate a nesting site the animals returned to year...
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