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Perot Museum Exhibits The World’s Largest Dinosaurs

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Opens April 6, 2014

Showcasing super-sized sauropods which roamed the earth for 140 million years, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs will roar into Dallas April 6 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science for a limited engagement. The world-class traveling exhibition, presented locally by Highland Capital Management, will be on view in the Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones Exhibition Hall.

Building upon widespread curiosity and love for the ancient creatures, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibition goes beyond traditional fossil exhibits to reveal how dinosaurs actually lived by taking visitors on a journey into the amazing anatomy of a unique group of dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods, which ranged in size from 15 to 150 feet long. Drawing on the latest science that looks to existing organisms to understand these extinct giants, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs will answer such intriguing questions as how an extremely large animal breathes, eats, moves and survives by illuminating how size and scale are related to basic biological functions.

“Sauropods were one of the most successful groups of dinosaurs to ever roam the earth – they were around when dinosaurs first evolved, and they were there at the end,” said Anthony R. Fiorillo, Ph.D., paleontologist and curator of earth sciences for the Perot Museum. “This exhibition complements the biological marvels we have on display in the T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall. Our hope is, that after viewing The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit, visitors will come away with a much greater understanding as to how our own Alamosaurus may have lived in prehistoric times.”

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, which was on view last year in Paris at the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, draws on cutting-edge paleo-biological research that examines living organisms to make inferences about how these giants – some of which grew to be longer than 150 feet, or the length of four standard city buses – were able to thrive, as a group, for approximately 140 million years. Through innovative displays and exhibits, The World’s Largest Dinosaurs takes visitors beyond the bones and into the bodies of these titans, shedding light on how heart rate, respiration, metabolism and reproduction are linked to size.

“Dinosaurs rock! The science of dinosaurs inspires children of all ages. We are proud to help bring The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit to Dallas,” said Jim Dondero, co-founder and president of Highland Capital Management.

This innovative, interactive exhibition highlights a life-sized, fleshed-out model of a 60-foot-long, 11-foot-tall female Mamenchisaurus, known for its remarkable 30-foot neck. Also, life-size models of a sauropod heart and lungs light up to show how sauropods breathed and circulated blood. A pump interactive allows visitors to try their hand at pumping blood for different sizes of animals. Other exhibition highlights include:

  • An interactive excavation that gives young-at-heart paleontologists a chance to make their own discoveries in a replicated dig site
  • Various stations that reveal the biology of sauropods through interactives, models, and fossils
  • A 60-by-16 foot mural depicting the diversity of sauropod size by illustrating a mixed herd of the creatures at life size
  • One of the many interactives allows visitors to measure their own femurs and see how much a sauropod with their legs would weigh
  • Skeletons and taxidermy illustrating some of the strange size comparisons of creatures alive today
  • Visitors peering through magnifiers and touching fossils to discover why the size of dinosaur eggs was limited
  • A 15-foot-tall replica of a Supersaurus hind leg that provides perspective on size

Visitors also will learn that despite their small brains, sauropods were smart enough to survive for 140 million years, and that while their teeth and skulls were tiny, they were ultra-effective eating machines consuming around 100,000 calories a day. Visitors will also depart knowing why long necks were a key reason sauropods were able to get so big. And that dinosaur babies hatched from eggs about the size of a modern goose – but grew very, very quickly!

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.

Ticket and General Information

Tickets to The World’s Largest Dinosaurs are timed entry and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To avoid long lines and sell outs, all visitors are strongly encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at perotmuseum.org.

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs requires a surcharge along with purchase of Perot Museum general exhibits admission for a total admission cost of $21 for adults (18-64), $17 for youth (12-17) and seniors (65+), and $15 for children (2-11; under 2 are free). Museum members receive free general exhibit hall admission and discounted admission for The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at $4 for adults and $3 for children, youth and seniors – including admission for member-only preview days April 3-5. Visitors may also “gigantic-ize” their visit by adding the short film Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia 3D for a bundled admission price of $25 for adults, $21 for youth and seniors, and $19 for children (under 2 are free).

HOURS

Regular museum hours for general admission and the traveling exhibitions are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. Please check perotmuseum.org for special holidays, extended hours and unexpected closings.

MEMBERSHIP

Join or renew today, and receive two free tickets to The World’s Largest Dinosaurs and two free dinosaur hats, when you join or renew at the Dual level or above!

Memberships (personal and gift) are $55 for students, $75 for individuals, $90 for dual memberships, $110 for Family, $170 for Family Plus, and $260 for Family Plus Platinum. Patron level memberships also are available for $350 and up.

In addition to the April 3-5 member preview days, members receive discounted tickets and member-only hours to see The World’s Largest Dinosaur. For details, call 214-756-5751 or go to perotmuseum.org.

The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit perotmuseum.org or call 214-428-5555.

About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The $185 million Victory Park museum, designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, opened to the public December 1, 2012. Just eight months later, on July 12, 2013, the Perot Museum welcomed its millionth visitor through its doors. The Perot Museum is named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50 million gift made by their five adult children. To learn more about the Perot Museum, please visit perotmuseum.org.

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