Oligocene, Epoch. A division of geologic time that began about 37,000,000 years ago and lasted 14,000,000 years. The Oligocene is the third and latest division of the Paleogene Period. Most of the rock formed during the Oligocene is sedimentary-During this time some mountain building occurred in the northwestern United States. Petroleum and natural gas are found in commercial quantities in rocks of the Oligocene Epoch.
Ever since its discovery in 2000, a dinosaur fossil named Leonardo has held the interest of paleontologists the world over. A 3-D model of the animal even toured the world. So what's the big deal?
Sometimes dinosaur fossils are too large and heavy to display without damaging them. How are those enormous models built? And what makes them look so realistic?