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ND Heritage Center Adds Dinosaur Exhibit

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A new exhibit is giving us an inkling of what life was like in the land before time.

Prehistoric reptiles have arrived at the North Dakota Heritage Center.

The dinosaur, a beast of yore, does not exist here anymore...but its bones do.

"People have seen pictures, you know, and maybe if you've gone to the natural history museum in Chicago or something you've seen them but this up close and up front is really exciting," Merl Paaverud, Director of the State Historical Society of ND.

Being up close and personal with this colossal fossil is just what you will see at the new Geologic Time exhibit in the North Dakota Heritage Center.

It's been a dream of the heritage center for nearly 30 years to have a gallery that interprets the history of life in our state.

"This is just going to add that special part that everybody will be able to enjoy and learn from," says Paaverud.

Standup: "Tyrannosaurus Rex's typically weighed between six and eight tons.This t-rex cast behind me weighs one ton and is the first one ever to be displayed in North Dakota."

"This one is like 35 feet long. One of the larger Tyrannosaurus Rex's ever been found," says John W. Hoganson, State Paleontologist, ND Geological Survey.

Assembling these prehistoric beasts is just the first step in this 6,000 foot exhibit

But the excitement is already in the air.

"I think their reaction will probably be like our reaction here. They'll be fascinated and surprised and excited about the exhibits. You know, having a tyrannosaurus rex here for example, these animals did live here in North Dakota as well as triceratops so for us to be able to interpret that story and tell people and show people what these animals were like that lived here 65 million years ago will be exciting for everybody that comes here," says Hoganson.

There is still much work to be done on the heritage expansion but when it's complete, it's sure to have one dino-mite exhibit.

The completion date for the heritage center has not been determined yet but they're hoping they'll be able to open early next year.

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