Dinosaurs Return from Extinction at MNS

Oct 21, 2010, 09:00 ET from Museum of Nature & Science

Dinosaurs Unearthed Animatronic Exhibit Now Runs October 21, 2010-May 1, 2011

DALLAS, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- They move. They roar. And some of them have feathers! The creatures of Dinosaurs Unearthed recreate the Jurassic period as never before. The landmark exhibit runs at Dallas' Museum of Nature & Science from October 21 until May 1, 2011.

"Dinosaurs Unearthed is the perfect blend of entertainment and education," says Paul Vinson, Director of Exhibits at MNS. "You'll learn so much about these fascinating animals.  It's an exhilarating experience for kids of all ages!"

These dinosaurs not only move and roar on their own, but visitors also have the opportunity to control the actions of certain models.  Along with such well-known dinosaurs as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and Stegosaurus, Dinosaurs Unearthed is the first exhibit in the world to feature a feathered dinosaur.

"The feathered T. rex is a fairly recent discovery," says Dr. Tony Fiorillo, Curator of Earth Sciences for the Museum of Nature & Science.  "We've learned from recent fossil impressions that several of the carnivorous dinosaurs had feathers."

More than a dozen dinosaur species are represented in the 5,000 square-foot exhibit.  Among the life-size, robotic models are nine full-size replicas, five "juvenile" models, three skeletons and twenty different fossils.  Visitors will be able to "excavate" realistic fossil specimens in a dig pit and learn more about the extinct creatures through interactive kiosk displays and in-gallery activities.

Admission to Dinosaurs Unearthed includes access to all MNS exhibits and buildings. MNS members receive a reduced rate. Dinosaurs Unearthed admission is $15 for adults (18-61); $14 for seniors (62+) and students (12-17); $12 for children (2-11). Admission for MNS members of all ages is $3. Children under 2 are admitted free.  Tickets for Dinosaurs Unearthed are currently available online or at any MNS box office during regular Museum hours.

Dinosaurs Unearthed will be on display in the MNS Science Building at 1318 S. 2nd Avenue in Fair Park from October 21, 2010 through May 1, 2011.  Museum hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m.  

Further information is available by calling 214-428-5555 or visiting www.natureandscience.org.

CONTACT: Jennifer Whitus, Museum of Nature & Science, +1-214-426-4629, jwhitus@natureandscience.org

SOURCE Museum of Nature & Science