Call us dorks, but Gothamist is totally excited for the upcoming exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. The exhibit doesn't open until May 15, but the NY Times had a feature about putting the exhibit together. Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries will give dinosaur freaks an update of the latest thinking in paleontology, which means more fossils, cool models of dinosaurs, and new dioramas. When we were reading about the diorama construction in the Times, Gothamist couldn't help but remember our memories of creating dioramas in the third grade, and now our secret dream job is to make dioramas for the AMNH.

Here's a behind the scenes gallery of the new dinosaur exhibit. The permanent Fossil Halls at the AMNH are one of Gothamist's favorite places in the city, and not just because we took a class on dinosaurs (we had to pass the science requirement somehow). And not only was Ross Geller a paleontologist (allegedly) at the AMNH, so was Ben Stiller's character, Mel Coplin, in Flirting with Disaster.

Photo by Roderick Mickens for the AMNH