Bring your little dinosaur fan to OMSI as soon as possible--Samson has arrived! The 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is one of the three most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimens in existence, and will be a temporary resident at OMSI until the end of Summer 2010. From the OMSI press release: "Samson was discovered in South Dakota in 1987 and is one of three tyrannosaurs unearthed with more than 50% of their skeletal bones remaining. Samson has arguably the most intact skull in existence as most other specimens were discovered with their skulls crushed over geologic time. Differences in the proportions of Samson’s skull as well as in tooth counts have led some researchers to conclude that it may represent a new, as of yet unnamed, species."
After you revel in Samson's massive size and history, head to the Paleontology Lab where you can observe staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public. Head downstairs to the OMSI store where you can find dinosaur themed educational books, models, and kits! Enjoy a healthy snack in the OMSI Cafe and don't forget to have some fun in the Science Playground for a fun-filled day of science-y goodness!
|Exhibit free with regular museum admission.|
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry