Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Exhibit Features World's First Set of Full-Size, Feather-Covered Dinosaurs

/PRNewswire/ -- Dinosaurs Unearthed, now making its U.S. debut at Cincinnati Museum Center, is an exhibit highlighting some of the most thought-provoking paleontological discoveries of the past decade.

Dinosaurs Unearthed features a thrilling display of roaring, moving dinosaurs reaching up to 55 feet long and 22 feet high. And while many visitors will be shocked by the sheer size and exactness of the exhibit's Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops, the content sure to have people talking long after will most certainly be the never-before-seen set of full-size, feather-covered dinosaurs.

In recent years, paleontologists across the globe have discovered and studied fossilized evidence that many famous dinosaur species, including Tyrannosaurus rex and Velociraptor, may have been covered in feathers to help camouflage, travel or even keep themselves warm.

To compile the exhibit's contents, Dinosaurs Unearthed producers worked closely with Dr. Xu Xing of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing. Dr. Xu is widely considered to be the world's foremost expert on feathered dinosaurs.

"A selection of feathered dinosaur models illustrates the diversity of new forms discovered in recent years," says Glenn Storrs, PhD, Cincinnati Museum Center's Withrow Farny curator of vertebrate paleontology. "The feathered dinosaurs of China confirm the long-suspected evolution of modern birds from extinct dinosaurian ancestors. With each discovery, another evolutionary "missing link" is added to our understanding of the fossil record."

Accompanying the exhibit is the OMNIMAX film, Dinosaurs Alive. The film takes visitors on an immersive journey back to the early Triassic period all the way through the late Cretaceous, following the tiniest of dinosaurs to the largest creatures that walked the earth.

Produced by the Maryland Science Center and in association with the American Museum of Natural History, the film explores the early roots of paleontology in the Gobi desert, and sweeps the audience through the beautiful landscapes of Mongolia, New Mexico, and into the famous halls of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Dates, hours and admission
-- Feb. 13 through Sept. 7
-- Dinosaurs Unearthed
-- Non-members: $15 adult, $10 child
-- Members: $10 adult, $7 child
-- Exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; final entry into the exhibit occurs at
5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday
-- Dinosaurs Alive
-- Non-members: $7.50 adult, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 children (ages
-- Members: $5.50 adult, $4.50 child
-- Standard show times are Monday: 1, 2, 3 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday
through Thursday: 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.; Friday: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and
9 p.m.; Saturday: hourly, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9 p.m.; and Sunday:
hourly, 11 a.m. through 6 p.m.

For more information or to book tickets, visit or call 1-800-733-2077.

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