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Creatures of the Cretaceous

Your favorites from the Cretaceous Period that were found in the original Dinosphere® return in Creatures of the Cretaceous™, with new live, interactive programs and some improvements to the multimedia experience. It’s the same Dinosphere® you love with new experiences to share!

Explore the Cretaceous Period and dig into prehistoric life with these paleontological activities in Creatures of the Cretacesous™:

  • Get up-close and personal with Gorgosaur, Hypacrosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Triceratops—examine fossil clues to explore their lives
  • Discover the in-depth process of discovering and excavating fossils
  • Talk to real scientists doing real scientific work on real dinosaur bones in the paleo prep labs

You’ll find these dinosaurs in Creatures of the Cretaceous™:

Bambiraptor

Interesting facts:

  • Bambiraptor means “baby raptor”
  • Small and bird-like
  • Skull about the size of a light bulb

Gorgosaur

Interesting facts:

  • Gorgosaurus means “fearsome lizard”
  • Bony plate over its eyes
  • The Gorgosaur on display has several injuries, including broken bones, bad teeth, and a brain tumor

Hypocrosaur

Interesting facts:

  • Hypocrosaurus means “almost the highest lizard”
  • Called duckbill dinosaurs because their mouths are shaped similar to a duck’s bill
  • Had a hollow bony crest on its head
  • The Hypocrosaur family on display includes an adult, a juvenile, and two infants

Triceratops

Interesting facts:

  • Triceratops horridus means “horrible three-horned face”
  • The two horns above the eye sockets could be up to 3 feet long
  • Herbivore that weighed approximately the same as six cars

Tyrannosaurus rex

Interesting facts:

  • Tyrannosaurus rex means “tyrant lizard king”
  • Top predator of the Cretaceous Period
  • Bucky the T. rex was a teenager

Leonardo the Mummified Dinosaur

Interesting facts:

  • Juvenile Brachylophosaurus canadensis—a Hadrosaur, also known as a “duckbill”
  • Because of its fossilized skin and internal organs, was included in the 2004 Guinness Book of World Records as the Best Preserved Dinosaur
  • Leonardo’s last meal—plant material—was found in their stomach
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Contains loud noises Contains low light Contains strong smellsContains tactile opportunity Contains flashing lights/simulated lightning