April 17, 2013
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On exhibit in the Virginia Museum of Natural History Lobby beginning March 1, the exhibit Australopithecine features fossil casts on loan from the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, Washington, D.C. The VMNH Lobby is free and open to the public, as is the Museum Store and PALEO Café.
Dinosaurs exhibit open January 12 to August 25, 2013 in the Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life.
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.
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.