HAYS, KS -- A 37-foot meat-eating dinosaur replica and its lunch will be unveiled Friday, May 3, in the Sebelius Lobby in Tomanek Hall at Fort Hays State University.
The public is invited to attend the unveiling, which will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Tomanek Hall south atrium. Refreshments will be served.
The dinosaur replica has been a dream and ongoing project for Dr. Kenneth Neuhauser, FHSU professor of geology, and several FHSU geology students. They have been involved with this particular dinosaur since 1986, when the original dinosaur bones were discovered by Case Morris in the San Rafael Swell of eastern Utah during FHSU's Geology Field Camp course.
"Thanks to many people, a wild idea and dream of mine has come true after two and a half years of planning," said Neuhauser. "Efforts by the geology students have been fantastic."
Although the actual bones were found in 1986, the excavation of the bones began during the 2000 field camp after permits from the Utah Bureau of Land Management were obtained.
After the discovery and excavation processes began, the idea of starting a fund to create an educational dinosaur display to bring to campus was set into action.
The display replica reaches from the first floor of the Tomanek atrium nearly 28 feet to the top of the second floor. The display will include actual images of the dinosaur site, photos of the excavation process, and remote sensing images of the site. It also will include a real dinosaur bone that spectators will be able to touch.
During the unveiling ceremony a surprise dedication of a special plaque will occur. Also on hand will be students who participated in the excavation of the original bones.
FHSU Provost Larry Gould commented, "This is another example of the entrepreneurial spirit and commitment of FHSU faculty. The university is becoming known across the country as a place where natural history, especially the saga of the dinosaur, can be studied by students of all ages. Ken's efforts will extend this branding initiative and add to the attractiveness and intellectual ambiance of Tomanek Hall. I am grateful for the hard work of all those involved."
After the ceremony the FHSU Geosciences Department will have an open house to let visitors know more about the dinosaur display and geoscience studies on campus.
For more information on the dinosaur excavation visit Neuhauser's Web site at www.fhsu.edu/geo/neuhauser/gskn.html.
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