Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dinosaurs from about 65 million years ago to invade Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei

By Nancy T. Lu

Brace yourself for an invasion of dinosaurs. The fascinating world of dinosaurs will open to excite young and old alike through an exhibit titled “Playing with Dinosaurs” at the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei on December 12. Visitors will be admitted to the educational exhibit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until April 5 next year.

Paleontologists have studied these scary creatures, said to roam the earth 65 million years ago, through fossil remains found on all continents of the world. Birds were believed to have evolved from dinosaurs, known to have nests and eggs.

A total of 250 exhibit items originating from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Morocco, Mexico, China, Mongolia and even the South Pole will help unravel the mysterious world of dinosaurs.

The fossils will include 12 complete dinosaurs, teeth, and claw. The biggest fossil measures 12 meters long and 6 meters high. A rare Ice Age fossil was excavated in the South Pole. A part of the left leg of a dinosaur was unearthed in Mongolia. This fossil piece measures 180 centimeters.

The interesting showcase will also feature 11 animated dinosaurs. These will be programmed to move, cry out, and even speak in Mandarin to visitors at the exhibition.

Entrance tickets to the exhibition can be bought in advance at a discount until December 11 at 7-Eleven, Family Mart and Life convenience stores. Buy two tickets and get a third ticket for free. Each ticket costs NT$200. The discounted ticket is available at NT$180. The price per ticket for groups of at least 30 persons is NT$160.

The Hayashibara Museum of Natural Sciences in Japan is lending a big part of the collection to be put on educational display.

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