INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's opening of the "Dino
Discovery Lab" launches the creation of a $25 million effort to develop a
one-of-a-kind juvenile and family dinosaur experience for visitors to The
Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
The Dino Discovery Lab, the first part of the new "Dinosphere" exhibit,
allows children to sign up for in-depth programs which will allow them to work
side-by-side with professional preparators as they clean and prepare
65 million-year-old dinosaur fossils for display.
The complete Dinosphere exhibit, opening in 2004, will feature one of the
largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the United
States. Noted paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker said, The Children's Museum
will quickly earn its place "among the top dozen dinosaur exhibits in the
Although specimens are still being collected, Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen,
president and CEO of the Museum, said, "The centerpiece is certain to be
'Bucky,' a teenage Tyrannosaurus rex and the only juvenile T-rex ever placed
on permanent exhibition in a museum. We also have acquired 'Baby Louie,' the
only fully articulated dinosaur embryo fossil found in the world; a nearly
complete Gorgosaurus; and 'Kelsey,' one of the top three Triceratops skeletons
known to science."
A major component of Dinosphere is research. No other museum in the U.S.
will have such a range of sizes and ages of dinosaurs available for research.
Guiding the effort is an advisory board of paleontologists and dinosaur
experts, including Dr. Robert Bakker; Drs. Phil and Eva Currie, Royal Tyrrell
Museum of Paleontology; Pete and Neal Larson, Founders of the Black Hills
Institute of Geologic Research; Paul Sereno, Ph.D., University of Chicago; and
Dong Zhiming, China Academy of Science.
"Dinosphere is a wonderful combination of original research, field work,
specimen acquisition, laboratory preparation, exhibit construction and public
programming. Paleontology needs more museums with active field-lab-education
programs like this one -- what The Children's Museum has accomplished is
extraordinary," said Bakker.
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SOURCE The Children's Museum of Indianapolis