Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bone-By-Bone: Assembling A Dinosaur Skeleton

Now on Exhibit, March 31 through July 8, 2007

Cincinnati has never had a real dinosaur skeleton of its own—until now!

Cincinnati Museum Center paleontologists are preparing a skeleton of the carnivorous dinosaur Allosaurus fragilis for future exhibition in the Museum of Natural History & Science. Beginning March 31, visitors can see staff members and volunteers assembling the bones of this 25-foot long theropod, or bird-like dinosaur, in the John A. Ruthven Exhibition Gallery. Allosaurus was a major predator in North America 140-million years ago during the Jurassic Period. Museum Center’s specimen comes from the famous Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry of Emery County, Utah.

Visitors have the unique opportunity of being able to witness the assembly process up-close as the skeleton goes together bone-by-bone. The methods and materials by which dinosaur skeletons are preserved and exhibited are also on display, and visitors have the opportunity to discuss the project first-hand with staff as the skeleton comes together. Visit again and again to see the project progress!

Admission to this exhibit is free!

See an interview with Glenn Storrs about the project, part of the CETConnect.org website.

View a live webcam of the exhibit at CETConnect.org

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