Missing March Madness? All through April, we’ll be holding a series of match-ups between different prehistoric creatures! Our competitive bracket will be archosaurs, a group of upright, active reptiles that includes crocodiles, birds, non-avian dinosaurs, and a variety of other extinct families. Throughout the month there will be different face-offs between divisions of creatures as shown in the bracket.

If you want to play along, choose which animal you think would be the winner in each match-up. Just like in basketball, contestants are seeded. Animals with the smallest numbers beside their names are the highest-seeded, and stand a better chance of winning. We will be posting a play-by-play of each battle written by museum staff and palaeontologists from other museums. Follow along with Archosaur April Absurdity and see how well your favourite fossil creatures do!

The archosaur april absurdity 2022 bracket

Battles will be posted on the following days starting at 2pm MST:

MARCH 26 – Bracket Released

MARCH 29 – Schedule Released

APRIL 2 – #2022AAA begins

Small Carnivores

– Guanlong vs. Shuvuuia 

APR 3 – Ornitholestes vs. Hesperonychus

APR 13 – Saurornithoides vs. Ichthyornis

APR 14 – Velociraptor vs. Sinosauropteryx

Big Carnivores

 – Giganotosaurus vs. Aucasaurus

APR 9 – Torvosaurus vs. Yutyrannus

APR 18 – Daspletosaurus vs. Sinraptor

APR 20 – Acrocanthosaurus vs. Baryonyx

Small herbivores

 – Struthiomimus vs. Hypsilophodon

APR 6 – Homalocephale vs. Dryosaurus

APR 16 – Scelidosaurus vs. Nemegtomaia

APR 17 – Protoceratops vs. Parksosaurus

BIG herbivores

APR 10
 – Mamenchisaurus vs. Prosaurolophus

APR 11 – Styracosaurus vs. Chasmosaurus

APR 21 – Ankylosaurus vs. Tuojiangosaurus

APR 23 – Camarasaurus vs. Iguanodon

Small Carnivores

APR 24 – Guanlong vs. Ornitholestes 

APR 25 – Ichthyornis vs. Velociraptor 


APR 27 – Struthiomimus vs. Homalocephale

APR 28 – Scelidosaurus vs. Protoceratops 

LARGE Carnivores

APR 30 – Giganotosaurus vs. Torvosaurus 

MAY 1 – Daspletosaurus vs. Acrocanthosaurus 


MAY 2 – Mamenchisaurus vs. Styracosaurus

MAY 4 – Ankylosaurus vs. Camarasaurus

  • Download and print out the #2022AAA Bracket  above for you and your friends.


  • Share your bracket selections amongst your friends and on social media using the hashtag #2022AAA

  • A summary sheet of the creatures can be found here! If you are looking to incorporate Archosaur April Absurdity into your virtual or at-home classroom, a lesson plan is available here!

  • Make your selections for the winner in head-to-head competition for each pair of animals each round, all the way to selecting your champion. Be sure you have your selections locked in by the time the match winners start being announced on Apr. 2


  • Battles will not always be characterized as a “fight;” some matches may be decided by threatening displays, running away, or hiding from sight. These animals will behave in ways that are “realistic” if these encounters actually happened, using scientific research to inform our descriptions where possible.


  • The play-by-play of each battle and the winner will be posted on our website. Click “Watch The Fights” to view them! Tune into Twitter, Instagram, and FaceBook for match sneak-peeks.


  • Score points for each match winner that you correctly guess, 1 point for round one, 2 points for round two, 3 points for round three, 5 points for round four, 8 points for round five, and 13 points for correctly guessing the champion. Keep track of your score, and find out who is the best at predicting the bracket!


This online event was inspired by Mammal March Madness, created by Dr. Katie Hinde. We thank Dr. Hinde for her assistance in bringing this event to you. For more information on Mammal March Madness, please see hereThis event has been made possible by the generous donation of time by Dr. Corwin Sullivan, in cooperation with the staff of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum.

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