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Take a Walk Back in the Past

Photo Credit: Ben Vanourek

The Ultimate Dinosaurs travelling exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science opened on October 6. It will remain open until January 15.

This exhibit has lots to offer for both kids and adults. It is an exhibit that focuses on the earliest dinosaurs in South America. All of the unique dinosaur types in this exhibit are from South America and you will see many dinosaur bones, fossils, and casts of dinosaur bones.

The little kids were not so much into the science part of the exhibit but they really liked the lab area and the little stations that they can find throughout the exhibit. The stations had toy dinosaurs and you could play with them and make them do what you want. A lot of the stations had things that little kids could touch and they seemed to like the stamp collecting as it was kind of like a scavenger hunt.

The stamp collecting sheet is a paper everyone gets that they can use to remember the names of some of the dinosaurs. After collecting the stamps, you get to keep the paper. Each stamping station has an interactive piece of equipment. For example, one of the stations has a game where you have to match the head to the main body to the tail. Another has a microscope that lets you look at the little creases in the fossils.

The fossil lab is where visitors can work on uncovering the casts of fossils. The stuff on top that the guests chip away is made of a mixture of sand and cement. When I was there, this area had a lot of kids busy at work focusing on using a chisel to hit the sand away. These types of activities keep the kids interested.

There was a unique, light-projected, video against a wall showing a herd of dinosaurs migrating. You could walk next to the wall and act like you are a Sauropod walking with the dinosaurs. I didn’t see many kids doing this activity when I was there.

For the people that are interested in the science information, there was a ton of it. There was even a station that showed how fossils are created. You also get to learn about historic continents such as Pangea and Gondwana (which included all of the continents of the Southern Hemisphere) as well as the modern day continents and what dinosaurs lived there.

On the Madagascar platform there is a majungasaurus cast of the skeleton, a pug nosed crocodile, or at least that is its nickname. It was oddly shaped and one of the first dinosaurs to exist. The Majungasaurus caught my attention as I had read about them before. On the Africa platform you can find a Malawisaurus. It lived in the Cretaceous era which means it lived towards the end of all of the dinosaurs. It was a sauropod so it had a long neck.

This was an excellent exhibit, and I plan to return at a later date with the rest of my family.

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