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One Tank Trip: Dinosaurs Around the World

READING, Pa. - There are greeters now outside the Reading Public Museum. Inside, it's a little louder than usual.

"There's about 10 that are constantly interacting with visitors," explained John Graydon Smith, director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum.

About a dozen dinosaurs are on the ground.

"We even have the T-Rex for this show placed in center field at the Lancaster Barnstormers stadium for the entire season, so he was too big for anywhere here," Smith said.

Reading is only the third stop in North America for the exhibit, titled "Dinosaurs Around the World: Passport to Pangea."

"And the passport to Pangea part is really important, because it's not just your usual come and see dinosaurs. It's also a history lesson, a geography lesson," Smith explained.

Pangea, as in the landmass that once contained all the Earth's continents. When it broke apart, the dinosaurs spread out.

There are a few at the museum you may not have seen before.  It's our own version of Jurassic Park. The animatronic dinos are life-sized, so you can see what it would have been like to live among them.

You can thank renowned vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Gregory Erickson, the curator and advisor, for the realism.

Map: Reading Public Museum

Like this whole feathered business, recent discoveries led scientists to believe some dinos had feathers.

Since we didn't live among them, we're always searching, finding new ideas and adopting new beliefs. That brings us to the oviraptor. You'd be honking, too, if you had been given such an unfortunate name.

Oviraptor translates into egg thief. This dinosaurs bones were found over a nest, so paleontologists first thought she was stealing eggs. It turns out, she was likely the mother and protecting the eggs not stealing them. By then, she was already named and it stuck.

The dinosaur exhibit will be open every day through October 2.


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