The temperate and overall conditions outside TimeBase 67 are like those encountered in modern-day Florida. The area is also rich in fauna unique to the region. Near the base, there are low, scrubby grasslands, thick forests and a lake – Lake Buck.
Perhaps one of the most striking aspects of a visit to the facility is the degree to which dinosaur behaviour has shaped the surrounding environment. As humans, we often think we’re the only creatures capable of environmental engineering. However, it turns out that dinosaurs were doing this millions of years ago – digging nest mounds and using vegetation to fill them to help protect their precious contents, for example.
Visitors often feed back to us how amazed they are to discover the familiarity of many aspects of the Late Cretaceous when compared to today’s world. There are a lot of conifers and flowering plants, as well as the same types of insects that we have today, for instance. Guests can also expect to see many birds, which evolved from dinosaurs, of course.
Conversely, visitors also tell us how amazed they are at the degree to which some of the animals differ in the flesh from how they were expecting them to look – some of the animals are feathered and much more visually striking or vividly coloured than previously popularly assumed, for instance. This is because we now know that many dinosaurs have very acute vision, enabling them to distinguish colours and shapes far better than, say, most modern mammals.