GOOD

L.A.'s New Dinosaur Hall is Jurassic Park Meets CSI

Over 300 dinosaur specimens are featured in the Natural History Museum's Dinosaur Hall, where the focus is on the science, not just the show.



What did dinosaurs eat? How do they sound? Did they ever get sick? Instead of parading around the same old reconstructed skeletons, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s new 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall that opened last weekend is more akin to stepping onto the set of Bones or CSI. "It is an exhibit that’s based on the scientific process," says Dr. Luis Chiappe, the director of the Dinosaur Institute who unearthed many of the remains on display, "and you'll see that in the world of dinosaurs, many discoveries are still waiting to be found."

While the museum previously showed just 50 dinosaur specimens, it now has about 300 on display, two thirds of which have never been shown before. Right as you step into the gallery, the world's first properly postured 25-foot long Triceratops gets in your face. The world’s only T.rex growth series is installed inside the gorgeous, recently-renovated 1913 Beaux-Arts gallery. And yes, that is a dino poop fossil on display inside the 40-foot fossil wall.


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY0GbTiJMmY

Even Californian dinos and marine animals get in on the action. Dr. Chiappe says dinosaur remains are rare in California, which was still underwater millions of years ago. Still, the museum unearthed a duck-billed dinosaur entombed with marine animals, there's a slab with 170-million year old dinosaur footprints from the Mojave Desert (the earliest known evidence of dinosaurs in the state), and a 25-foot long Morenosaurus stocki from Fresno County is suspended from the gallery ceiling.

Photo by Carren Jao

Live in Los Angeles? Join GOOD LA and you'll get one good L.A. story (like this one!) delivered to your inbox every day. And be sure to like GOOD LA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Articles
via Douglas Muth / Flickr

Sin City is doing something good for its less fortunate citizens as well as those who've broken the law this month. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada will drop any parking ticket fines for those who make a donation to a local food bank.

A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

Keep Reading Show less
Communities

For more than 20 years. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has served the citizens of Maine in the U.S. Senate. For most of that time, she has enjoyed a hard-fought reputation as a moderate Republican who methodically builds bridges and consensus in an era of political polarization. To millions of political observers, she exemplified the best of post-partisan leadership, finding a "third way" through the static of ideological tribalism.

However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
via Truthout.org / Flickr and Dimitri Rodriguez / Flickr

Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign looks to be getting a huge big shot in the arm after it's faced some difficulties over the past few weeks.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading voice in the Democratic parties progressive, Democratic Socialist wing, is expected to endorse Sanders' campaign at the "Bernie's Back" rally in Queens, New York this Saturday.

Fellow member of "the Squad," Ilhan Omar, endorsed him on Wednesday.

Keep Reading Show less
Politics
Photo by HAL9001 on Unsplash

The U.K. is trying to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but aviation may become the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. by that same year. A new study commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and conducted at the Imperial College London says that in order for the U.K. to reach its target, aviation can only see a 25% increase, and they've got a very specific recommendation on how to fix it: Curb frequent flyer programs.

Currently, air travel accounts for 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions, however that number is projected to increase for several reasons. There's a growing demand for air travel, yet it's harder to decarbonize aviation. Electric cars are becoming more common. Electric planes, not so much. If things keep on going the way they are, flights in the U.K. should increase by 50%.

Nearly every airline in the world has a frequent flyer program. The programs offer perks, including free flights, if customers get a certain amount of points. According to the study, 70% of all flights from the U.K. are taken by 15% of the population, with many people taking additional (and arguably unnecessary) flights to "maintain their privileged traveler status."

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet