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The Latest Greatest Dinosaurs

Gigantosaurus, found in Argentina, was about 43 feet long and weighed over 13,000 pounds.

Gigantosaurus, found in Argentina, was about 43 feet long and weighed over 13,000 pounds.

Visitors to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science often stop in their tracks when they enter the Prehistoric Journey exhibit and encounter the great T-Rex skeleton. He’s impressive.

But hold on to your explorer’s hat. It’s about to get even better. Dinosaur buffs are going to really dig the museum’s newest exhibit: “Ultimate Dinosaurs.”

It seems that the southern hemisphere gave rise to some of the strangest and most unusual dinosaurs the world has yet seen. 

There’s Nigersaurus, who had teeth packed in the front of its jaw that were replaced entirely when they wore down. With 50 teeth in each row, each with at least nine replacements waiting in the wings, this dinosaur had hundreds of teeth in its mouth at any given time.

There’s s a crested predator, Cryolophosaurus, the first named dinosaur from Antarctica. 

The most notable physical characteristic of Amargasaurus is its two parallel rows of long spines along its neck. With some reaching nearly 20 inches, its spines were longer than any other known sauropod.

They come from South America, Africa and Madagascar and they’re the biggest, baddest and weirdest creatures you’ve ever seen. From a tiny Eoraptor to the massive Gigantosauraus, visitors will get to see 17 fully articulated skeletons and dozens of fossils and casts, including dinosaurs discovered by paleontologists, from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Joe Sertich and David Krause. 

Visitors will see video projections and life-size murals that whisk them back to prehistoric times. One such projection of sauropods gives guests the chance to walk (or run) alongside life-size dinosaurs.

Augmented reality (AR) viewers will allow guests to examine the skeleton of Carnotaurus, laying skin over the bones to show what it looked like in real life.

There will be fossil prep lab activities for guests who want to try out fossil preparation techniques on fossil casts and let kids imagine and explore with some tools of the trade. Stations will be set up with projection microscopes, touchable specimens, puzzles, games and more.

Guests can try the microfossil sifter that demonstrates how paleontologists search for tiny microfossils. A 3-D printer will create models of real fossils.

Students and kids of all ages are a special target audience for the exhibit.

“My passion for dinosaurs began when I was a kid wandering the halls of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science,” says Sertich, curator of dinosaurs and curatorial advisor for the exhibition. “So to bring these amazing prehistoric beasts—some of which I discovered myself—to the museum is a dream come true. I hope the experience will inspire a new generation of dinosaur hunters.”

“Ultimate Dinosaurs” was created and produced by the Royal Ontario Museum of Toronto and is being toured by the Science Museum of Minnesota.  

It’s open now through Jan. 15, 2018. And there’s no extra fee to see it beyond your regular admission ticket. An audio guide is available in both English and Spanish. Find out more at www.dmns.org/ultimatedinos. 

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