DINOSAURS

$85 million 'Jurassic park' assembled in Houston museum

A Jurassic mom's almost certainly painful death is perfectly preserved in a rare fossil skeleton, one of the many unique items that will go on display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science's $85 million dinosaur hall when it opens to the public June 2. We take a first peek at the exhibit.

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May 15, 2012: Diretor Pete Larson of the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, back, and artist Tomas Schneider, right, attach a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil head into place in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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May 15, 2012: Robert Bakker, curator of paleontology, shows a fossil of a Ichthyosaur and unborn pups that will be on display in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
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May 15, 2012: Paleontologists from the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research with the help of film industry prop artists install a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil skeleton in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Paleontologists from the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research with the help of film industry prop artists install a T-Rex fossil skeleton.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Assistant Curator David Temple, famous for discovering fossized vegetarian dinosaur scat, shows an example of a meat eaters scat that will be on display in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Robert Bakker, the museum's curator of paleontology, talks in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The $85 million wing of the museum that opens June 2 will have the only Triceratops skin found to date and a unique T-rex fossil with complete hands.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Director Pete Larson of the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research, right, discusses with artist Tomas Schneider how he will use a forklift to hoist a Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil skeleton into place.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Paleontologists from the Black Hills Institute of Geologic Research with the help of film industry prop artists carefully move a box of T-Rex fossil bones in the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

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May 15, 2012: Construction workers finish the new Hall of Paleontology at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The $85 million wing of the museum will have the only Triceratops skin found to date and a unique T-rex fossil with complete hands. The exhibit that opens June 2.
AP Photo/Michael Stravato

$85 million 'Jurassic park' assembled in Houston museum

A Jurassic mom's almost certainly painful death is perfectly preserved in a rare fossil skeleton, one of the many unique items that will go on display in the Houston Museum of Natural Science's $85 million dinosaur hall when it opens to the public June 2. We take a first peek at the exhibit.

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