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Baby Dinosaur Contest


We're excited. Nanu, SIU's dinosaur, has three new babies! Now we need your help to give them names. So we're having a competion with three great prizes. Any K-12 level class can suggest names for our new baby dinosaurs and SIU's students will vote to determine the winners.When your class is ready to submit your entry, Teachers can use the online entry form

Contest Entry Form  


Nanu and Babies


Nanu and her three new babies 


  • Be creative
  • Your entry must be for all three babies
  • Contest ends on September 13, 2019

Click to see complete rules 

  • Need inspiration? Click here to learn how mother Nanu got her name


Contact Information

For more information or to contact the organizers, do not hesitate to email to reach Dr Harvey Henson (SIU STEM Education Research Center) and Dr Ken Anderson (SIU Department of Geology). 




Nanu and her clutch are Protoceratops. They lived about 70 million years ago in what is now part of Mongolia. They are herbivores. They lived in large herds to protect themselves and their young from predators like Velociraptors, which lived at the same time in the same region. There is a wealth of information about Protoceratops available online.