Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Colorado Museum Makes No Bones about Restoring Dinosaurs to Original Form

Rocky Mountain museum is creating its own Jurassic adventure bone by bone

The mammoth brachiosaurus … the fierce and deadly tyrannosaurus … the fast and nimble velociraptor.
There are more than 1,000 known types of dinosaurs, with an expected 2,000 more yet to be discovered, according to paleontologists - dinosaur experts. We visit the nation's capital to learn more about the huge creatures that populated the earth millions of years ago.

The U.S. state of Colorado is an ideal target for anyone interested in hunting for dinosaur fossils. Like Wyoming, its neighbor to the north, Colorado has its own facility devoted to restoring dinosaurs to their original form, the Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

"What we are trying to do is to present an incomplete specimen in a absolute way. Because if you just have random bones lying around, it's hard for someone to come in and look at it and recognize what the animal looked like in its entirety. And, by filling in the blanks, they see the real material that [has] been used in the reconstruction, but they also see what the animal looks similar in its entirety." Anthony Maltese, curator of the center said.

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