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( May 17, 1999)
ALLOSAURUS TO BE UNVEILED AT THE JOURNEY MUSEUM
To help celebrate the 2nd anniversary of The Journey Museum on Tuesday, May 18, a life- size Allosaurus will be on exhibit in the museum’s main lobby. The dinosaur is on loan from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s ( SDSM& T) Museum of Geology, one of four partners with The Journey Museum, and will be unveiled at 12: 40 pm.
Allosaurus, meaning strange lizard, is a carnivorous dinosaur of the Late Jurassic area of the Black Hills. It will be the first ever of its kind to be exhibited in South Dakota. Allosaurus can grow up to 39 feet in length, 15 feet tall, and up to 2 tons in weight. The dinosaurs lived 195- 104 million years ago.
The body of an Allosaurus enabled it to be a fierce hunter. Slashing knife- like teeth with serrations made ripping skin and flesh very easy. Long strong legs giving it the ability to run with great speed and leap long distances, and clawed hands for grasping and tearing prey, aided in the hunt.
The exhibit will invite children and adults into the Museum to answer fundamental questions about fossils and allow us to relate the Allosaurus to other important issues. By placing it in the Jurassic period, we can begin to question where it lived and what it did for a living. We can research and study the environmental conditions of the time, what it lived with, and how the Allosaurus was preserved. Visitors can also wonder how it died and what are its closest relatives.
An Allosaurus exhibit will take you back in time and give you a chance to imagine the chase of a predator and prey in the real Jurassic Park. It gives one’s imagination a beginning which one must go back millions of years to encounter. The exhibit will encourage children young and old to transform their thoughts into real life geology, science, and mathematics.
Just recently SDSM& T Museum of Geology paleontologists and volunteers uncovered fossilized remains of juvenile and adult Allosaurus’ at the Sundance field dig site. This summer individuals can participate in the scientific excavation of important paleontological sites in the Black Hills region. Field dig sites include excavation of Late Cretaceous Dinosaurs, Jurassic Dinosaurs and Mammals, Monster Marine Reptiles, Giant Pigs and Rhinos, The Unwily Coyote Site, and Marine turtles, mosasaurs, and plesiosaurs. For more information about SDSM& T field dig sites, call 1- 800- 544- 8162 ext. 2467.
For further information regarding the 2nd anniversary celebration, call The Journey Museum at 394- 6923.
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