Date with the Dinos

Jurassic Park was the first scary movie that I loved. I was about 9 years old the first time I saw it. The dinosaurs were so real! However could they not be real? I was about 14 or 15 when I saw the third, then about 18 when I saw the second. Yes, I watched them out of order. (But honestly, that is the order of how well I liked them.)
One of Justin’s old roommates is an illustration and concept design major. And he is good! You can look at his art here. But, he is obsessed with dinosaurs. He’s always loved them and always loved drawing them. Lucky him, he got hired by the BYU Paleontology Museum and draws dinosaurs for them…for work!
This is one of Josh’s dinosaur pieces.
Josh and his wife invited Justin and I on a double date–to go to the Dinosaur (Paleontology) Museum after hours and watch Jurassic Park with the dinosaur bones! We had never been to the Dinosaur Museum before, and Justin had never seen Jurassic Park! I know! I was surprised, too!
So, we go, and Josh gives us a quick tour of the small museum, and then we go behind closed doors to the paleontology department’s workshop.
Josh knows many of the Paleontology professors and knows what dinosaur many of the bones are from.

There were many bones still be excavated and carefully studied.
Josh and Justin went in search of comfortable chairs, so Josh’s wife Emily and I went walking through aisles and aisles of bones, rows and rows deep and high. It was astounding to see how many bones the warehouse had that weren’t even in the museum!
Josh showed Justin how to use a new excavating tool–it’s like a air-brush with rotating blades…it doesn’t hurt soft things–Josh had it going on our fingers, but as soon as it touched rock, dust went flying and we could make etchings. It’s a neat tool to help excavate fragile, small bones and fossils.
We went through the actual Museum next and look at the different fossils and dinosaur bones. It was pretty neat walking through. There was even a skull of a triceratops and oh my freaking goodness, it was huge! Just as tall as me, and that wide as well! There was a skeleton of a pterodactyl, a couple raptors, even an ice age giant sloth!
We went near some of the skeletons of the raptors and carnivores and set up our chairs, popcorn, and a TV to watch Jurassic Park. It was very fun to hear Josh talk about the raptors and to sit next to the bones while watching the movie. 
Afterward, as we were picking up, Justin and I spotted a perfect picture opportunity…
Justin being eaten by a T-rex head!
It was a very fun date and really neat to see where Josh works and some of his paintings and signs hanging up all over the museum. Please check out his site because he is AMAZING!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.


  1. Thanks for posting this, I'm so glad you guys enjoyed it! We sure had a blast. I thought you were just taking pictures lol, am honored that you would make a blog post. It was a fun night 🙂

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