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( May 18, 1998)
SDSM& T MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY UNVEILS CAMPTOSAUR DURING THE JOURNEY MUSEUM’S 1ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
To help The Journey Museum celebrate its first birthday, SDSM& T Museum of Geology officials unveiled a new Camptosaurus exhibit at The Journey today. 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 SDSM& T Museum of Geology’s major exhibit at The Journey. The unveiling of the camptosaur is part of SDSM& T’s efforts to develop exhibits that will increase the presence of dinosaurs at The Journey Museum and help The Journey respond to the public’s interest in dinosaurs.
" These new dinosaur exhibits offer exciting educational outreach opportunities to introduce children to science at an early age,” said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President.
“ 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.
Camptosaurus, which means flexible or bent lizard, was a plant- eating dinosaur from the Late Jurassic period. Camptosaurs were about twenty feet long as adults, with the tail comprising approximately half of the 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.
Approximately eighty third graders from Rapid City and Philip participated in the unveiling event, which included birthday cake— complete with dinosaurs!
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