Science Museum News
Dinosaurs are Coming to Springfield
Springfield Science Museum
January 26, 2009
Huge, moving, roaring dinosaurs are invading the Science Museum from Feb. 7 through May 10, 2009, in the exhibition Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds: The Real Connection.
Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds is sponsored by United Bank; the media sponsor is WWLP-TV 22. The robotic creatures were created by Kokoro Dinosaurs of California.
Are dinosaurs reptiles? Are birds living dinosaurs? Huge robotic dinosaurs, live reptiles, realistic models of feathered dinosaurs, and actual specimens from the Science Museum’s collections will help explain the scientific debate about whether dinosaurs are reptiles and birds are living dinosaurs. This exhibit will include the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex; the rhinoceros-like Chasmosaurus with a young one; a duck-billed Maiasaura with her nest of hatching eggs, Albertosaurus, a Canadian cousin of T-rex; a sail-backed Dimetrodon, and a flying reptile displayed in realistic environments. In addition, you’ll see four feathered dinosaur models including the famous Archaeopteryx, thought originally to be the missing link between dinosaurs and birds.
The living reptile wall will include turtles, snakes and the dinosaur look-alike, a bearded dragon. Later in the spring, emu eggs will hatch in incubators in the museum to illustrate the difference between giant land birds and flying birds. Fossil footprints, bird and reptile bones, skeletons, and taxidermy mounts from the museum collections will make us ponder our place in the animal world.
The exhibit also includes stations where children can make dinosaur track rubbings and be paleontologists as they dig for fossils and “bone up” on prehistoric facts.
There will be a special exhibit fee of $3 per person in addition to museum admission for all visitors ages 3 and up to see Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds.