Dino 101 - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Dino 101

$10 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$10 per device
Queens, New York
What We’ll Do

Attention dinosaur nerds and science stans! Join Dustin Growick, host of the YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show, and leader of Atlas Obscura's Dinos and Dunes in the Colorado Desert trip, and Kristina Gustovich, middle school teacher, geologist, improviser, and museum megastan, for an interactive, adults-only dinosaur party.

Each live, Friday night session of Dino 101 will have a different adult-focused, dinosaur-inspired theme, replete with a bingo board drinking game.

Since we'll be participating from the safety of our homes, drinking and drawing and learning is very encouraged! Grab your favorite pens and/or colored pencils, because the very first thing we'll do is intro the Dino of the Day. At the end of the adventure we'll zoom around the room viewing your tipsy paleoart masterpieces. Next, it's time for everyone's favorite game, Dino or Not a Dino?!, in which we'll put your dinosaur knowledge AND bullshit detector to the test. We'll then mix in a mini-scavenger hunt and some interactive and irreverent paleontology trivia (e.g. Did T. rex have feathers?, Which Jurassic Park movie was the worst?, How big was a Brontosaurus member?)

Part party, part class, 100% adventure—come nerd out with the Dino 101 quaranteam as we prove why dinosaurs are the greatest group of animals to ever walk the face of the Earth.

Don't miss any of our upcoming shows: 

October 16: Flying reptiles with Michael Habib

Just because the first vertebrates on the planet to achieve powered flight weren't dinosaurs doesn't mean they're not absolutely badass. Pterosaur expert and Professor of Integrative Anatomical Sciences at USC, Michael Habib (@aeroevo), joins us to break down the biomechanics of the largest animals to ever take flight.

October 23: Marine Reptiles with Kiersten Formoso

No dinosaur ever lived exclusively in water, but we felt bad excluding 71% of the Earth. So we're bringing back meme champion and Vertebrate Paleobiology & Functional Morphology PhD student Kiersten Formoso (@Formorphology) to talk about the animals that ruled the Mesozoic seas—Mosasaurs, Plesiosaurs, and Ichthyosaurs.

October 30: Top 10 Scariest Dinosaurs

It's Halloween! From Hexing to Heterodontosaurus, we're counting down the most terrifying extinct monsters, all super scary, because they're all super dead. Also, are there dinosaur ghosts?! Let's discuss.

November 6: World's Best Dino Destinations

Get in, losers. We're dinosauring. The father/son team behind the upcoming documentary, Why Dinosaurs?, joins the squad for this whirlwind getaway to world-class museums...and to municipality-class roadside attractions. The last month has been rough. It's time to escape to dinosaur heaven.

November 13: Epic Fights Between Apex Predators

Sign me up! Well, actually, sign yourself up, because conservation biologist and big cat expert Imogene Cancellare is joining us to discuss what would happen in a fight between a cheetah and a velociraptor. How about an ostrich vs. a bobcat? Allosaurus vs. a pack of lions? *insert Michael Buffer voice* LET'S GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUUMMMMMBLE

November 20: Thanksgiving Dinner is a Dinosaur

Bone expert and self-proclaimed "sassy paleontologist" Dr. Yara Haridy joins us to break down a turkey while breaking down dinosaur osteology. Get yer furculas (aka wishbones) ready, this is basically gonna be a training sesh on how to turn your family's feast into a nerdtastic dino affair.

November 27: Dinosaur Families

Families. They make us laugh, they make us cry, they make us get into Thanksgiving dinner fights with that one jerk of an uncle. Were dinosaurs the same? Join us as we explore the family dynamics of fights over territory, mating rights, and—of course—dinner.

December 4: Greatest Dinosaur Movies of All-Time

From Gorgo to Jurassic Park to The Land Before Time, we're reviewing the greatest dinosaur movies ever made, all with the help of dino super fan Steven Ray Morris, creator of the podcast See Jurassic Right.

December 11: Whales Aren't Dinosaurs But the Trajectory of Their Evolution Is F***ing Bonkers So Let's Talk About It

Dinosaurs were the first major group of animals to completely abandon life in water and live solely on land. Millions of years later, a group of mammals soon-to-be-known as whales said f*** it and went back in. Extinct whale researcher Dr. Robert Boessenecker joins us to discuss this ridiculous transition.

December 18: Dinosaur Zookeeping

What's it take to keep dinosaurs happy in captivity? From emus and vultures to falcons and secretary birds, San Diego Zoo's Rick Schwartz joins us to discuss what it's like to work with and care for the closest thing we've got to Jurassic Park.

About Your Host
Dustin Growick & Kristina Gustovich
Dustin Growick & Kristina Gustovich

Dustin Growick is the host of the YouTube channel The Dinosaur Show, and leader of Atlas Obscura's Dinos and Dunes in the Colorado Desert trip,

Kristina Gustovich is a middle school teacher, geologist, improviser, and museum megastan.

What Else You Should Know

Once registered, you can access a Zoom room 65 million years in the making for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.


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