'Giants' of Africa coming to FHSU's Sternberg Museum
03/02/2012

Every continent has its own story to tell, and hundreds of millions of years ago, Africa was the perfect habitat for one of nature's most ferocious creatures.

"Giants: African Dinosaurs," will open at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, on Saturday, March 10, and will run until Aug. 5.

Project Exporation, a non-profit science education organization, works to ensure that communities traditionally overlooked by science -- particularly minority youths and girls -- have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists.

In expeditions to Niger and Morocco, Dr. Paul Sereno's team discovered and named several dinosaurs that will be on display. "Jobaria," a 70-foot-long plant-eater; "Suchomimus," a fish-eating dinosaur with huge claws and a sail on its back; and the skull of a huge T. Rex-sized meat-eater, "Carcharodontosaurus," are a few of the displays.

"Giants" provides clues to the mystery of how shifting continents affected dinosaur evolution.

Besides new and unusual dinosaurs, Sereno's team stumbled on the world's largest crocodile, the 40-foot-long "Sarcosuchus," dubbed SuperCroc.

"Giants" is courtesy of Project Exploration and Sereno, University of Chicago paleontologist and president and co-founder of Project Exploration. Sereno is the author of several books and stories in "National Geographic" and "Natural History" as well as the subject of many documentaries.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday from October to March and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday from April to September. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for youths ages 4 to 12, and $4 for FHSU students with valid ID.


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