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High-Tech Tyrannosaurs at Museum of Science

Computers peer into prehistory


Beipiaosaurus, a meat-eater cloaked in an early version of feathers, is among the stars of the Museum of Science’s new exhibition. Photo by Roderick Mickens © American Museum of Natural History

You can study ancient creatures with modern technologies in the recently opened Museum of Science exhibition Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries, which runs through August 21.

Mixing newly found fossils with computer animation, the exhibition reveals answers to many of the mysteries surrounding dinosaurs, such as how they moved in herds and what they looked like. It shows how the science of biomechanics (applying physics and engineering to animal movement) now permits scientists to re-create, for example, the muscles of a Tyrannosaurus rex—and simulate how fast it and its prehistoric peers might have moved.

The Museum of Science, One Science Park, Boston, is open Saturday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through September 4. Admission is $21 for ages 12 and older ($19 for those 60 and older) and $18 for children ages 3 to 11. Some exhibitions have special hours; more information is available here or by calling 617-723-2500.

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

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