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Exhibit displays dinosaur eggs, nests and embryos


Gazette staff November 6th, 2008

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Kids who dig dinosaurs can become an archeologist or paleontologist for a day, unearthing clues explaining the beginnings of the historic beasts.

Actual and reconstructed dinosaur eggs, nests and embryos are on display in "Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt," at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua in Norman.

The exhibit is hosting egg digs, exploration stations, educational videos, and "Baby Louie," the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo discovered in China believed to be a new species of giant oviraptor.

The dinosaur egg digging has become the most popular part of the exhibit, said Krysten S. Marshall, the museum's marketing specialist. Children are given a hands-on opportunity to dig in the museum's raised excavation pit, and link their unearthed discoveries with clues found throughout the exhibit, which can be used to guess what type of dinosaur egg has been discovered.

An 8-foot-wide, reconstructed dinosaur nest is also on display along with videos that feature excavations and experts explaining the science behind dino-digging.

Artwork and renderings of what dinosaurs might have looked like are sprinkled throughout the show, while display cases containing reconstructed dinosaur bones and fragile, authentic dinosaur eggs, line both walls of the exhibit.

The collections includes a bowling ball-sized egg laid 75 million years ago by a long-necked plant-eating titanosaur, a large cluster of eggs laid by a duckbilled dinosaur, and 18-inch long eggs from the ostrich-like oviraptor.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children. For more information, visit www.snomnh.ou.edu or call 325-4712.

"Natalie Burkey

 
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