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Newport Brings Dinosaur Fossils to Life


Dinosaurs are just plain cool. They’re big, they’re scary, they’re extinct and they’re full of mystery. What’s not to love?

Kids love dinosaurs because they can use their imaginations to create all sorts of stories and adventures. They can pretend to be a fierce T-Rex, gentle Triceratops or even a tiny Compsognathus. They can build dinosaur models, play with dinosaur toys and read dinosaur books. For many kids, learning about dinosaurs is their first experience with science and history as they discover different types of dinosaurs, how they lived and how they died.

As part of Newport’s annual downtown entertainment series Monster Nights, the city has acquired the Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed exhibit which will be on display through September.

The traveling exhibit is free to the public and is currently on display at the NEDC/Chamber Office in Newport. The show features life-size skeletal molds of some of the most popular dinosaurs, including Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor. It allows curious kids and adults to explore the unique world of Dinosaurs.

Here is a sneak peek of some of the displays you’ll see:

View Scale Models

Any “Night at the Museum” movie fans out there? Rexy is a one-third-size replica of an actual Tyrannosaurus Rex and was used to promote the movie in 2006. You can see the full-size version of Rexy throughout the film.

View Full-size Replicas

View full-size replicas of small and large dinosaurs such as Triceratops and Velociraptors. The molds are made from real dinosaur bones, so you can get a close-up look at how these creatures actually looked.

Compare Your Size

Stand beside the femur bone of an Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) to get an idea of how you compare to some of the largest dinosaurs that roamed the planet.

Walk In Their Footsteps

Observe some castings of fossilized dinosaur footprints and see how your hand or foot compares.

Dig for Fossils

Test your skills as a paleontologist as you carefully brush away dirt from fossilized dinosaur bones.

Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed is free and open to the public through September 24. The exhibit is inside the lobby and meeting area at the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce offices. Hours are 8-4:30 Monday through Thursday and 8-3:30 on Fridays.

While visiting the dino exhibit, check out the Rock n’ Roll Highway 67 Museum located upstairs. You can also visit Jacksonport State Park, just a few miles away.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and teaches art part-time at a local private school. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas where they raise chickens, farm hay and bake bread. Julie loves adventure and sharing it with her husband and son. They frequent the trails, campgrounds and parks of Arkansas, always on the hunt for new adventures and new stories to share. Learn more on her blog Seek Adventures Media.

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  1. […] in water, few fossils could be left behind. The Cretaceous era is often called the time of the dinosaurs. This time period began 144 million years ago and lasted until 65 million years ago. It featured […]

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