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The dinosaur exhibit "Messages from the Mesozoic" open at VMNH through September 18, 2010

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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2010

The dinosaur exhibit "Messages from the Mesozoic" is open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History now through September 18, 2010. The exhibit allows visitors to learn about many different types of fossils, how fossils are formed, and where they are found. Visitors learn that despite all the rich, paleontological discoveries that have been made in what is now Virginia, including dinosaur tracks and fossils of other Triassic creatures, no one has ever found an actual fossilized dinosaur body part in the Commonwealth. Life-size casts of dinosaurs dominate the exhibit, which includes a 40-foot long skeleton cast of an Acrocanthosaurus, a massive carnivorous theropod dinosaur that existed in what is now North America during the early Cretaceous period, between 125 million and 100 million years ago. The exhibit also includes a 12-foot long skeleton cast of a Deinonychus, a carnivorous dromaeosaurid dinosaur. Dromaeosauridae were small-to medium-sized feathered carnivores that flourished during the early Cretaceous period, about 115 to 108 million years ago. Other specimens and models include a Tenontosaurus skeleton cast, a Syntarsus with prey, a phytosaur, and more.

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