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March 22, 2001
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394- 6082
Dinosaurs Roar into Rapid City on Friday
The Great Russian Dinosaurs and Dinosaurs of Darkness roar into Rapid City on Friday for their 15- week stay.
A green triceratops with silver horns will entertain the first groups of students scheduled to attend the exhibit at the Children’s Science Center. Those first groups will be at the center when the exhibit opens at 10 a. m. Friday, March 23.
The two world- renowned exhibits also will be displayed at the Museum of Geology on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s campus.
The exhibits will be on display from March 23 to July 8. The hours:
9 a. m. to 5 p. m. Tuesday to Friday
10 a. m. to 4 p. m. Saturday
1 p. m. to 4 p. m. Sunday
Admission for the exhibits is $ 3 for a single visit to one of the locations. You also may purchase a $ 5 DinoPass that will allow you to visit both sites as many times as you want.
The exhibits cover more than 10,000- square- feet and include more than 20 complete skeletons, more than 25 skulls and dozens of bones, teeth and other fossils.
The complete skeleton of a 45- foot- long carnivorous tarbosaurus, mounted to show it in full pursuit of a speedy, 12- foot- long ostrich- like dinosaur called gallimimus.
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Clutches of dinosaur eggs that show that the largest dinosaurs that ever lived – the long- necked sauropods – began life as hatchlings small enough to hold in your hand.
Skeletons of an adult and baby protoceratops – one of the best- known dinosaurs and the ancestor of the three- horned triceratops.
A collection of mammal- like reptiles that includes a predatory, bear- like reptile with saber teeth, and a warm- blooded, horned reptile the size of a modern rhinoceros.
Fossils from Tech’s Museum of Geology collection.
The exhibit will take visitors on a trip across the threshold of time to a moment millions of years before the earliest dinosaurs, when the planet was cooler and more arid, and the dominant life forms were strange mammal- like reptiles and amphibians. These creatures thrived 245 to 290 million years ago and are the ancestors of all modern mammals.
The trip winds its way through the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. The dinosaurs began their ascendancy only when a mass extinction wiped out 95 percent of all marine species and many of the life forms that lived on land. The dinosaurs ruled the Earth for 100 million years until they met extinction.
The Great Russian Dinosaurs and Dinosaurs of Darkness exhibits tell those stories through what remains of those great ages. Scientists found the fossils during the past 200 years near the Ural Mountains in Russia, in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and near the North and South poles.
Science Center and Museum of Geology staff will offer guided tours and educational programs for school groups, as well as sleep- over events called “ Spend the Night With the Dinosaurs” at the Science Center. Tech will offer a one- credit continuing education class for teachers who want to learn how to take the exhibit into their classrooms.
The exhibits are truly world- class. The Great Russian Dinosaurs have been shown at some of the world’s best- known museums, including the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum, the Monash Science Center in Australia, and at museums in Chicago and Philadelphia. This is the first time the Dinosaurs of Darkness have been displayed in the United States.
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