Permian Period, the geologic period that began about 280,000,000 years ago and lasted 55,000,000 years. It is named for Perm, Russia, where rocks of the period were first studied systematically. The Appalachian and Ural mountains were formed during the Permian Period, and the colorful red rocks of the southwestern United States are mostly of Permian age.
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?