Dinosaurs thunder to life in Philadelphia museum

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“It’s so real , it’s like travelling 67 million years back in time”

Dinosaurs thunder to life in an immersive exhibit at Philadelphia’s dinosaur museum starting June 25, ushering in a Dino-mite Summer of free tours, fossil preparation mini-classes, and building Jurassic creatures out of LEGO bricks.

Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University features lifelike roaring, moving dinosaurs in naturalistic settings that take visitors on an unforgettable journey to when the mysterious giants ruled the earth. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—this engaging exhibit features a fascinating range of realistic, full-bodied animatronic dinosaurs and their incredible stories.

Towering skeletons, amazing skulls, claws and horns, real mosasaur and Spinosaurus teeth, a real Oviraptoregg, and the ever-popular coprolite—dinosaur poop—make for an unforgettable experience for all ages. Visitor participation is encouraged through enthralling touch stations that feature dinosaur sounds, digestion, anatomy, skin and bones, and predator-prey relationships.

Visitors will be able to control the movements of Yangchuanosaurus (YANG-shoe-AHN-oh-SORE-us) andProtoceratops—making them roar and thrash on command, swing their powerful tails, turn their bulging necks, strike with their forearms, and even blink their menacing eyes. A weight scale lets visitors measure their weight in relation to the incredibly large dinosaurs they see around them.

“This incredible exhibit creates the atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve boarded a time machine and travelled 67 million years back in time,” said Academy President and CEO George W. Gephart, Jr. “Dinosaurs are larger than life, and, let me tell you, they’re not just for kids.”

Custom-designed and handcrafted by paleo-artists, each of the animatronic dinosaurs and fossil replicas present a stunning representation of the best available knowledge. A team of science and design experts has ensured that the exhibit is both visually impressive and interactive.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens Saturday, June 25, and runs through Jan. 17, 2017. Discount tickets can be purchased online at ansp.org.

The exhibit kicks off Dino-mite Summer, a series of special programming from July 5 through Sept, 2, featuring some of the Academy’s most popular features. There will be guided tours of Dinosaur Hall, live bird and reptile shows and the opportunity to build dino-inspired creations out of LEGO bricks.

In 2013 Dinosaurs Unearthed made its East Coast debut at the Academy. It was so popular that organizers decided to bring it back, this time with even more interactive components to engage visitors. – USNewswire.

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