JUNE 1–SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
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For kids who want a vivid picture of what living, breathing dinosaurs were really like, visit TCMU’s newest rotating exhibit – Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas. This engaging, highly scientific exhibit uses a combination of major fossil finds, captivating computer simulations, and provocative models to show kids a dynamic vision of dinosaurs and the scientists who study them, featuring current research by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History and other leading paleontologists around the world!
In this exhibit, kids can explore dinosaur biology in four ways:
- Dinosaur movement, with biomechanical studies that illustrate how they spring dramatically to life.
- Fossil discovery in The Liaoning Forest, with a diorama depicting a section of a 130-million-year-old forest that existed in what is now Liaoning Province, China.
- Dinosaur behavior, using old fossil evidence with new approaches and new technologies to unlock the secrets of dinosaurs.
- Extinction, with ways to explore the hard evidence for theories on the possible events that ended the Age of Dinosaurs, including asteroid impact, global climate change, and massive volcanic eruptions, and the descendants of dinosaurs that walk among us today.
What are we learning?
- The scientific method and process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions
- History and how historical findings impact current theories on dinosaur behaviors and evolution
- Scientific concepts around biology, paleontology and archaeology
- Familiarization with the use of devices incorporating technology
Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org), in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; The Field Museum, Chicago; theHouston Museum of Natural Science; and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh.