Big Old Botany

Take a journey of prehistoric proportions with “Plantosaurus Rex,” an ambitious, interactive exhibit that re-creates life 250 million years ago. Participants are transported back in time to an untamed and vibrant forest of primitive-looking perennials. Giant ferns, horsetails, cycads, conifers, and other wild varietals chart the evolution of plant life from the Mesozoic to Cretaceous eras. Life-size models of your favorite dinos, such as the T. rex, Stegosaurus, and Pterodactyl, are scattered throughout the display and provide insight on the symbiotic relationship between ancient flora and fauna. With integrated sound, temperature, and motion, “Plantosaurus Rex” illustrates the curious conditions that brought about the beginning and end of the age of reptiles. It also proves how this scrappy lot of foliage came to dominate the landscape and eventually change the face of the Earth. Let loose your inner paleontologist in this real-life Jurassic park.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: May 30. Continues through Oct. 21, 2012

 
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