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June 2002

Willo: The Dinosaur With a Heart
Explores the fossilized heart of a 66-million-year-old dinosaur.


This site is a joint project of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University. It explores the fossilized heart of a 66-million-year-old Thescelosaurus.
The layout and color scheme are consistent throughout the site, making it attractive and user-friendly. RealPlayer is needed for the multimedia page and can be downloaded from the site.
This well-organized site has a left-side navigation menu that gives easy access to the main areas of the site.
Willo is the skeleton of a 66-million-year-old Thescelosaurus whose fossilized heart has given scientists a new understanding of dinosaurs. The concretion inside the skeleton's chest cavity was examined with the use of medical technology to determine that the heart was more similar to that of a bird or mammal than of a reptile. 3-D images were constructed with the use of CT imaging equipment and are available on the site. Visitors to the site will find facts about the dinosaur and additional images, and video and audio files are available from the Multimedia page. A section for teachers is under construction.

Review by Hazel Jobe
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