The Dino Pit is a paleontology exhibit at Austin Nature and Science Center (ANSC) located in Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. A collaboration between Austin Parks and Recreation and Texas Natural Science Center, this exhibit features an outdoor dig site where children can dig for cast replicas of many important specimens from the Texas Natural Science Center collections.
When geologist Glen Evans left his job at The University of Texas at Austin because his salary would not support a family of four, columnist and author J. Frank Dobie wrote of his friend, "Considering the stores and powers of his mind, the way the elements are mixed in him, and his energy, I would regard him as being worth more to a university than any million-dollar building…" Often referred to as the "Dean of Texas Paleontology," Evans left a fine legacy of pioneering research. Read more about his remarkable achievements.
Located within Zilker Botanical Garden, the Hartman Prehistoric Garden is considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Texas. The garden features cycads, ferns and other ancient plants with lineages similar to those that lived with dinosaurs during the Cretaceous Period. Highlighting the garden is a bronzed ornithomimid (bird mimic) dinosaur sculpted by Texas Natural Science Center exhibits designer John Maisano.
Museums and natural science organizations benefiting from loans of Texas Natural Science Center specimens: