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DINOSAURS ATTACK LOS ANGELES
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County’s New Dinosaur Hall
survived Carmageddon, but can it survive the attack of the Dinosaurs?
After much anticipation
the new Dinosaur Hall has opened at the LA County
Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. The exhibition took 5 years
to finish, covering 14,000 square feet of space, more than doubles
the previous hall, making it one of most impressive dinosaur exhibits
the world with one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons
found anywhere. Los Angeles has been more known for its Mastadons and
from the La Brea Tar Pits (see Page
Museum La Brea Tar Pits) next to
the LA County Art Museum, but with the dino hall in Exposition Park
with more than 300 real fossils, 20 complete dinosaurs and ancient
L.A. now houses the largest collection of dinosaurs on the west coast.
The mounting of the fossils in poses consistent with most recent theories
of dinosaur life allow for a very close up view, with teeth close enough
to bite and close enough to see the scratching in the fossil bones
for 65 million years of tectonic movements. Sure you can spend 80 bucks
for the animatronic Jurassic Park Ride at Universal (see Universal
Studios Tour) but why not see the real thing - or at least what's left.
In a town known for stars, the headliner of the NHM dinosaur hall is
the T-Rex nicknamed Thomas who was uncovered in Montana is 70 percent
complete real fossil with the remaining 30 percent sculpted from casts.
Thomas isn’t the only T-Rex and the museum displays three of the
creatures in a growth series of the world’s only trio of T-Rex’s
of different ages, a baby, a juvenile, and sub-adult of the species.
But the exhibit is far more the dinosaur world’s most famous carnivore.
Upon entering the hall you first encounter a mighty a late Cretaceous
Triceratops staring you in the eye and walk under the arching neck of
a 65 foot long giant plant eating Mamenchisaurus.
A predator Allosaurus is posed in a fight with the armor plated Stegosaurus
dug up in Utah. The allosaur skeletion shows wounds from the tail spikes
of a Stegosaur showing it was in an actual fight with one, though the
winner is hard to discern after 150 million years.Spread through the
exhibition space are multi-media stations where you can “excavate” fossils
and watch film footage of a real dinosaur hunting expedition. On the
floor above the main halls is the NHM Paleontology Lab where large picture
windows allow viewing of the ongoing work of recovering fossils. A guided
Gallery Exploration Tours is offered every day at 2 pm meeting at the
Dueling Dinos in the central hall just inside the main entrance.
Visiting the Natural History Museum of LA County
The interest in the new exhibit is expected to be bit busy so a timed
entrance ticket is required and available online, though you can explore
the other exhibit halls of mammals, birds and other creatures until
entry time. The museum is located in Exposition Park near the USC Campus
next to the Coliseum and the California Science Center. The
museum is open 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 5 pm, all through the year
for 4 major holidays - Christmas Day, New Years Day, Thanksgiving and
4th of July. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 College Students with
and Seniors, $8 Teens and $5 for Children 5 to 12. Admission is free
with a Membership to the LA County Museum system and several Tuesdays
through the year are free, check the schedule. © Bargain
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