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October 27, 2013

Red Dirt Dinos roam the earth at Science Museum Oklahoma


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OKLAHOMA CITY — — Oklahoma’s largest Cretaceous carnivore and a claw-wielding predator on the hunt are among the life-like dinosaurs at the center of Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure which opened Oct. 14 at Science Museum Oklahoma.

Red Dirt Dinos was created exclusively for the Oklahoma Museum Network. The 1,500 square-foot exhibit features three interactive robotic dinosaurs and a variety of hands-on components that help visitors explore Oklahoma’s dinosaurs, said Sherry Marshall, Oklahoma Museum Network Director.

“The animatronic dinosaurs in this exhibit operate using a technology never before seen,” said Marshall. “It enables the dinosaurs to react to their environment and respond to different stimuli, creating a different experience for visitors each time they come.”

Red Dirt Dinos features three dinosaurs: Acrocanthosaurus, the official dinosaur of the State of Oklahoma; Tenontosaurus, the long-tailed herbivore; and its main predator, Deinonychus, whose grasping hands with large sickle-shaped claws enabled it to hunt with switchblade precision.

The dinosaurs operate using an infrared technology found in current video gaming consoles, enabling dinosaurs to detect movement of people in the exhibit and to distinguish between children and adults. The dinosaurs react to exhibit visitors and to other dinosaurs within the exhibit, creating a fully-immersive experience.

In addition to the animatronic dinosaurs, Red Dirt Dinos has a number of interactive components, including a paleontologist’s tent and other archaeology tools, an egg scanner, the big-mouth Dino-slide and a giant crawl-through log.

The exhibit was made possible through a $3 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation that extended the Oklahoma Museum Network’s programming and exhibit development.

After Science Museum Oklahoma, the exhibit will be featured at each of the partner museums of the Oklahoma Museum Network. Science Museum Oklahoma is located at 2100 NE 52nd Street in Oklahoma City.

For more information, visit www.sciencemuseumok.org or call 405-602-3760.