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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( March 19, 1998)
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO ESTABLISH CAMPTOSAURUS EXHIBIT AT THE JOURNEY MUSEUM
Officials of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and The Journey Museum announced today that the Museum of Geology is establishing a Camptosaurus dinosaur exhibit at The Journey in Rapid City. A life- size cast of the Camptosaur dinosaur will be placed on display at The Journey Museum until a permanent exhibit is completed. SDSM& T officials anticipate that the cast of the Camptosaur will be ready for placement at The Journey within the next few weeks.
" The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is developing this exhibit as part of our institution's commitment to educational outreach activities and to help The Journey capitalize on the strong public interest in dinosaurs," said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. " The fascination that children have with dinosaurs is often their first introduction to science. We hope that this dinosaur display will provide inspiration to tomorrow's scientific leaders. The Camptosaur will increase the presence of dinosaurs at The Journey and will be a significant addition to our Museum of Geology's major exhibit at The Journey."
" I would like to thank the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology on behalf of The Journey Museum's Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and visitors. This dinosaur exhibit is another example of how generous the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is in sharing their resources with the community. It is also an indication of how strong their commitment to education and lifelong learning is," said Lynda K. Clark, Executive Director, The Journey Museum.
Camptosaurs were common small herbivores in the Jurassic era that fell prey to Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus. Fossils of camptosaurs, which were about six to eight feet tall, have been found in western and upper Great Plains region of the United States.
In addition, SDSM& T officials working on securing the cast of an Allosaurus dinosaur to be displayed at The Journey. Allosaurs were flesh- eating dinosaurs in the Jurassic era that were about 36 feet long that walked semi- upright on their hind legs.
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This is a Joint Release from SDSM& T and The Journey Museum
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