Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Dynasty at the Maryland Science Center

I was contacted recently by the Maryland Science Center and asked to share with you all the news that they are hosting the traveling exhibit "Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Dynasty" at the Maryland Science Center. I saw this exhibit at the Field Museum a few summers ago.

Below is a press release about the display. Hope some of you have a chance to visit!

"This summer, the Maryland Science Center brings parents an exhibition of “pre-historic proportions.” Tens of millions of years in the making, Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Dynasty, the largest touring exhibition of authentic Chinese dinosaur fossils in the world is open daily through Monday, September 7 in the Legg Mason Gallery of the Maryland Science Center.

Visitors to Chinasaurs will encounter an exotic assortment of more than 20 full-size prehistoric fossils including mammoth herbivores and ferocious meat-eaters like the Dilophosaurus, and the huge 27-foot Szechuanosaurus (picture to left, at the Field Museum exhibit) that would have given the Tyrannosaurus Rex a run for his money. Just as rare and equally as impressive are the massive fossils of the 70 foot long planet-eater Mamenchasaurus, and exotic dinosaurs like a feathered flying, 40-foot Pteradon.

Chinasaurs is unlike other dinosaur exhibitions with the introduction of seven animatronic dinosaurs. The Maryland Science Center echoes with the grunts, growls and roars that scientists theorize shook the Asian continent millions of years before man could have quivered in terror.

Chinasaurs: Dinosaur Dynasty is open through Monday, September 7, 2009. The Maryland Science Center is located at 601 Light Street at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For information and tickets, visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or call the 24-Hour Information Line at 410-685-5225."

And an entertaining video that informs us that Mamenchisaurus may have been one of the stupidest dinosaurs(!) - lol.



© ReBecca K. Hunt-Foster

17 comments:

Tor Bertin said...

This *could* be the dumbest dinosaur to have ever walked the Earth!

Inflection in that was hilarious--looks like a cool exhibit.

Laelaps said...

I am going to check it out this Friday. Watch Dinosaur Tracking for details. ;)

archosaurmusings said...

What the hell is a "Pteradon"?

I hope they don't mean Pteranodon since that's not feathered, not a dinosaur and not from China...

ReBecca Foster said...

I hear the exhibit has been expanded on since I saw it at the Field Museum.

Dave - Come on, you have not see tons of those in China?!?! ;) I have no idea lol. The beauty of just quoting the press release. ;)

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. said...

The exhibit is predominantly casts of Chinese dinosaurs, with a few real specimens thrown in. Not bad for the average visitor, but there are some rather annoying (Chinese Velociraptor specimens are said to be found in Liaoning rather than in Inner Mongolia) to laughably anatomical (right hands on left arms and vice versa; pelves mounted backwards; etc.)

ReBecca Foster said...

Reminds me of when I saw the Sue traveling exhibit and her knee was way up in her chest between her ribs. That must have hurt! ;)

Michael Ogden Erickson said...

Pteradon?? Huh??? Goodness gracious...

Doug said...

Wish I could see that. If it ever comes this way, I'll go see it, label and anatomical mistakes aside (not too many dinosaurs in CA).

ReBecca- Really? I saw Sue in Redding last week and her posture looked just fine. But then i may not have noticed.

Doug said...

one more thing- in reference to the "dumbest dinosaur", i think "The Hobbit" taught us all that it's not the size of the brain, it's the complexity.

ReBecca Foster said...

Doug - it could have just been the venue and the people who set it up

iPreparator said...

Where is this video from? Is that a Maryland exhibit docent? Did he say that Protoceratops predate upon Velociraptor? I love it!

iPreparator said...

I also don't think it was called "Chinasaurs" when we had it in Chicago....

ReBecca Foster said...

OMG he DOES say that LMAO!!!! That is really to freaking funny. to give the poor guy credit he probably is not a paleotnologist and is just reading off some cue cards or what he thought he heard. Poor guy.

ReBecca Foster said...

btw, the video link came from their press release.

Rob said...

I saw the exhibit today. The animatronix (sp.) were disappointing and I could have done without them all together. It was great to see the casts, reconstructions, and actual fossils. Plus, we had a good time in the rest of the museum, including the "hands-on" features of excavating and reconstructing fossils. I don't think I have ever been to the Maryland Science Museum, so it was nice to go (and to see the nearby National Aquarium as well, our original destination).

Thanks, ReBecca, for posting the information. I just happened to visit your blog for the first time in a couple years, which is how I found out about the exhibit.

ReBecca Foster said...

Welcome back Rob! Glad you had a chance to visit the exhibit and that the post was helpful! :)

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