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January 18, 2013

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Dinosaurs includes a variety of spectacular dinosaur specimens and displays from the collections of the Virginia Museum of Natural History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Life-size casts of dinosaurs dominate the exhibit, which includes a 40-foot long skeleton cast of an Acrocanthosaurus, a massive carnivorous theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North America during the early Cretaceous period, between 125 million and 100 million years ago.  The exhibit also includes a 12-foot long skeleton cast of a Deinonychus, a carnivorous dromaeosaurid dinosaur. Dromaeosauridae were small-to medium-sized feathered carnivores that flourished during the early Cretaceous period, about 115 to 108 million years ago.

Other specimens and models include a Tenontosaurus skeleton cast, a cast of a Triceratops skull, a Syntarsus with prey, a phytosaur, and more.  Be sure not to miss the unique skull cast of a Diabloceratops on loan from the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The name Diabloceratops translates to "Devil Hornface"!

As you visit the Dinosaurs exhibit, experience the story of Virginia fossil discoveries and learn more about the "missing" Virginia dinosaurs. Learn about types of fossils, how fossils are formed and where they are found. Learn what a dinosaur is by comparing and examining different specimens. See examples of fossils found in Virginia and elsewhere.

Dinosaur Discovery
As part of the Dinosaurs exhibits, Dinosaur Discovery features a walk-through maze, consisting of a series of dinosaur murals on the inner-walls of the maze, as well as dinosaur specimens and interactive elements awaiting participants at nearly every “wrong” turn. The exhibits also display dozens of real dinosaur fossils, some of which include a Stegasaurus shoulder blade and Diplodocid thigh bones.

Additionally, the exhibit marks the return of one of the museum's most popular displays ever to be exhibited, "Cera" the animatronic Triceratops. With a push of a button, “Cera” moves about for visitors.

Dinosaurs is sponsored in part by SunTrust and Rotary International.