Thinking about how dinosaurs roamed this Earth millions of years ago is pretty dang cool. It's even cooler to think about how one could have walked exactly where you are sitting at this current moment. Maybe you're curious about what specific types of dinosaurs that were here, and now, there's a map for that.

According to Simplemost, Ancient Earth Globe is an online, interactive map that allows users to research what any area of the world might have looked like at a given point in prehistoric times. The map, which you can access here, will show you what Earth looked like at a given point in time. You select the time using a drop-down menu, with options ranging from 20 million to 750 million years ago. You can take it a step further by typing the name of any location in the City Name box. A red pin will appear in the correct location, along with a list of fossils found near the area.

Clicking on the name of a dinosaur in the list of nearby fossils will open a new page with pictures and information to show and tell you all about the dinosaur such as what it ate, when it lived and places fossils have been found around the world.

What Dinosaurs Were Around in Utica/Rome?

When you search for Utica and Rome in Ancient Earth Globe, it pops up with three different nearby fossils:

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A Grallator was a carnivore. According to the website, it lived in the Cretaceous period and inhabited Australia. Its fossils have been found in places such as Chongqing (China)England (United Kingdom) and Gard (France).

Coelophysis was a carnivore. It lived in the Jurassic period and inhabited Africa and North America. Its fossils have been found in places such as TexasYunnan (China) and Matabeleland North (Zimbabwe).

At three feet tall and nine feet long, with a body weight of some 30 pounds, Coelophysis is a dainty dinosaur from the Triassic, before heavyweight forms began to evolve. She had small, but still-useful forelimbs, and the first wishbone known to paleontology. The experts suspect that she was a sharp-eyed, fleet-footed predator of small game with excellent depth perception. There are many good samples from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico – and one distant relative from Zimbabwe in central Africa: Coelophysis rhodesiensis.

Last but not least, the Anchisaurus was a herbivore. It lived in the Jurassic period and inhabited North America. Its fossils have been found in places such as Massachusetts and New York. It existed from Hettangian Age to Sinemurian Age, lived in a terrestrial habitat and four different specimens have been found by paleontologists.

Wow. So much pre-historic information. All I'm picturing is that TV series Land Before Time, Utica/Rome edition. 😂

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