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Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Museum announces dinosaur invasion

August 23, 2001

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— The Sternberg Museum of Natural History isn't resting on its laurels after this spring's hugely successful exhibit, "A T. rex named Sue."

More than 100,000 people visited the museum at Fort Hays State University to see the cast of Sue, the largest Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found.

Wednesday, Sternberg officials announced that an even bigger exhibit was coming to the museum in February.

Fort Hays State President Edward Hammond announced that "The Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park" will be on display at Sternberg from Feb. 2 to May 5. The exhibit features a full-mount fossil cast of Giganotosaurus, a new species discovered in 1993 in Patagonia, Argentina.

The original fossil, more than 80 percent complete, is in a museum in Argentina. The Giganotosaurus is about 2 feet longer and higher than Sue, who was 45 feet long and 15 feet high.

The Jurassic Park exhibit, the largest collection of dinosaurs traveling the country, is the only exhibit to display the actual dinosaur sculptures used in the making of the movies "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World."

Among the sculptures are Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus and the 80-foot longneck Mamenchisaurus.

Another animal, Argentinosaurus, is believed to be the largest known dinosaur, estimated to have been from 115 to 150 feet long. However, little of its skeleton has been found.

A single vertebra, which measures more than 6 feet in height and almost 5 feet in width, will be included in the exhibit, which was developed by Don Lessem. It is a production of Amblin Entertainment, Universal Studios and MCA/Universal Merchandising, Inc.

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