New Dinosaur Exhibit Features Field Site, Total Immersion in Scientific Discovery

Exhibit Also to Showcase New Species – Yet to Be Named – Found in North Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 25 /PRNewswire/ — Lone Star Dinosaurs, a major new exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, invites visitors to immerse themselves in the science of paleontology and experience the thrill of authentic discovery.

Opening Saturday, May 28, the exhibit gives children and their families the chance to use the skills and tools of paleontology in a dynamic, 8,000- square-foot space featuring a quarry-like field site, laser technology, multimedia computer laboratory, documentary videos and loads of bones from the Lone Star state. The exhibit also showcases five newly discovered dinosaur species, two of which are undergoing scientific review and have not yet been named. These new species were unearthed in Fort Worth and Flower Mound, Texas; and Parker, Hood and Comanche counties in Texas over the past two decades.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a $1.38 million grant for the permanent exhibit after an extensive peer review by a panel of museum experts across the country. The NSF was impressed by the “new approach that lets visitors play the role of scientist and learn about the research process,” said David Ucko, head of the NSF’s science literacy section. “We’re always looking for new approaches that the field as a whole can benefit from in terms of improving public understanding of science.”

One of the new species being studied and named by the Museum’s colleagues at Southern Methodist University is a small plant-eater found in 1985 in Comanche County. The other is the first nearly complete skeleton of a large four-legged plant-eater, temporarily known as Pleurocoelus, found on a ranch in Hood County by students at the University of Texas.

Scientific advisors to the exhibit included two vertebrate paleontologists: Louis Jacobs, Ph.D., president of the Institute for Study of Earth and Man at SMU and Dale Winkler, Ph.D., director of SMU’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology, along with Bonnie Jacobs Ph.D., a paleobotonist and director of the Environmental Science Program at SMU.

The Museum will produce small satellite exhibits and educator kits for several Texas museums and science centers. It is expected that Lone Star Dinosaur exhibits and educational programs will reach at least 1.5 million people annually. For more information visit http://www.fortworthmuseum.org/ .

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