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( May 14, 1998)
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY TO UNVEIL CAMPTOSAUR AT THE JOURNEY MUSEUM ON MAY 18 AS PART OF THE JOURNEY’S 1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
SDSM& T Museum of Geology officials will unveil its new Camptosaurus exhibit at The Journey Museum at 10: 00 a. m., Monday, May 18, as part of The Journey’s celebration of its first year of operation. The public is invited to attend the unveiling and view the new addition to The Journey. The event will include birthday cake ( complete with dinosaurs!) and participation by some local third- grade classes.
SDSM& T officials recently announced its plan to increase the presence of dinosaurs at The Journey Museum by developing a dinosaur exhibit to help build on the public’s interest in dinosaurs. The life- size cast of Camptosaurus will be on display at The Journey until an exhibit featuring Allosaurus is completed. The Camptosaurus and the subsequent Allosaurus displays will be an important addition to the major exhibit by SDSM& T Museum of Geology at The Journey.
" The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is excited about the educational outreach opportunities that these new dinosaur exhibits offer,” said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. “ Through these displays, we introduce children to science at an early age and hope to inspire future scientists and paleontologists for our society.”
“ The Camptosaurus is a terrific addition to The Journey Museum— what a great way to celebrate our first birthday!” said Lynda Clark, Executive Director. “ We really appreciate Dr. Gowen’s efforts to secure dinosaurs for our Museum of Geology exhibit area.” Clark said the addition of Camptosaurus is part of The Journey Museum’s plan to continually upgrade its exhibits and programming.
Camptosaurs were plant- eating dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic period that were about twenty feet long as adults. The name Camptosaurus means flexible or bent lizard. The tail comprised approximately half of the dinosaur’s length. Camptosaurus, which was about six to eight feet tall, has been found in western and upper Great Plains region of the United States. Camptosaurus may have fallen prey to Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus.
SDSM& T Museum of Geology paleontologists will be working over the next several months on preparing the skeletal casts for display. Upon completion, SDSM& T will place a full- size Allosaurus as part of a long- term commitment to bring more skeletal exhibits to The Journey. Allosaurus, which means strange lizard, was a flesh- eating dinosaur from the Jurassic age ( 150 million years ago). Allosaurs were approximately 36 feet long and walked semi- upright on their hind legs. The teeth of Allosaurus are somewhat knife- like in contrast to the rounder teeth in its younger relative, Tyrannosaurus rex.
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