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Prehistoric Party at LHS Features Life-Size Robotic Dinosaurs

Dino!Posted January 12, 2000

Dinosaurs, though extinct, are "alive" and well at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Beginning Saturday, Feb. 5, life-size, robotic replicas of these prehistoric giants will be on display. The exhibit runs through June 4.

Young and old alike can get a close-up look at a terrifying 23-foot-long T. Rex, a mother Corythosaurus nurturing her nest of hatchlings, an aggressive confrontation between a Tenontosaurus and three Deinonychus, or the familiar horned, frilly collar of a Triceratops. These are just a few of the 14 robotic dinosaurs included in the exhibit.

Fossils and casts from the UC Museum of Paleontology, rarely displayed publicly, can also be viewed. These include T. Rex jaw bones and vertebrae, a Triceratops lower jaw and horn core, and casts of Pachycephalosaurus and Elasmosaurus skulls.

Visitors can compare their own stride, height, weight and strength with those of dinosaurs, use the tools of a paleontologist, and operate a dinosaur robot. Daily live demonstrations will also be featured.

Special opening day activities, Saturday, Feb. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., include a presentation by Kevin Padian, an international expert on dinosaur evolution and curator of the Museum of Paleontology, live demonstrations and art and science projects.

For information, visit the museum Web site at or call 642-5132.




January 12 - 18, 2000 (Volume 28, Number 17)
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