Think Outside the Box
This one is inspired more by paleontologists than by dinosaurs. Studying animals who have been dead for 66 million years obviously poses some challenges: the sample size is tiny, the specimens we have are often damaged, and the soft tissue of the animal is long gone. Because of these limitations, paleontologists are always looking for novel ways to squeeze more information out of fossils. One of the coolest innovations along these lines is the use of a particle accelerator to determine the color of hadrosaur skin. Yup, we live in an age where the skin of an ancient animal has found its way into an atom-smasher. It goes to show that the best solutions to some problems may not be immediately obvious, but boy do they pay off.