'Giants' of Africa coming to FHSU's Sternberg Museum

03/01/12 jgm

HAYS,Kan. -- Every continent has its own story to tell, and hundreds of millions ofyears ago, Africa was the perfect habitat for one of nature's most ferociouscreatures.

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

ProjectExporation, a non-profit science education organization, works to ensure thatcommunities traditionally overlooked by science -- particularly minority youthsand girls -- have access to personalized experiences with science andscientists.

Inexpeditions to Niger and Morocco, Dr. Paul Sereno's team discovered and namedseveral dinosaurs that will be on display. "Jobaria," a 70-foot-longplant-eater; "Suchomimus," a fish-eating dinosaur with huge claws anda 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 dinosaurevolution.

Besidesnew and unusual dinosaurs, Sereno's team stumbled on the world's largestcrocodile, the 40-foot-long "Sarcosuchus," dubbed SuperCroc.

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

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

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