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“T.Rex Encounter” winding down it’s days at DMNS

Sue’s 42-foot-long and 12-foot-tall, fully articulated, lifesize skeleton cast is displayed in T. Rex Encounter at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Time is running out to come eye to eye with the largest T-Rex ever discovered. Only two more days in Denver then T.Rex Encounter is packing up from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sue is the most complete T-Rex skeleton discovered. Ninety percent of the fossil was uncovered by Sue Hendrickson and her dig team in South Dakota in 1990. The cast fossil towers 13 feet high and 42 feet long.

At every corner, intriguing facts are revealed about Sue. The cast fossil shows broken ribs, arthritis on the tail and where the dinos bicep was ripped off.  Apparently this ferocious beast did have rivals.  But any T-Rex would be intimidating to face with their keen and sharp skills. Their sense of smell was unparalleled and with eyes the size of softballs, their depth perception was undefeatable. These dinosaurs grew rapidly and could gain nearly five pounds a day between the ages of 12 and 18.

An interactive raptor locks in on his next target in the T. Rex Encounter exhibition at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

Denver added its own flair to the show to make it stand out from others. Life-size advanced robotic dinosaurs roam in a recreated natural habitat. It takes you back to the late cretaceous period 65 million years ago! Cameras inside the creatures recognize human movement and react in different ways.  If there is a large group, the Triceratops will roar and move to protect the baby eggs nestled next to it.

The show Sherlock Bones and the case of the Cretaceous Caper engages kids, opening their eyes to prehistoric times. At the end of the exhibit, pose in a picture with Sue at the green screen. The Flickr photo is free to look up and download so you can always remember this ferocious creature. 

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T.Rex Encounter is open Saturday and Sunday from 9-5 at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and is included with museum admission. $12 adults, $8 seniors, $6 juniors and students. dmns.org or 303-370-6000

The next exhibit features is Lizards & Snakes starting February 3 rd. Inside you will find 60 reptiles from five continents.

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