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Tiny Titans: dinosaur eggs and babies

Date(s) - July 8th - September 7th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Bring the family and learn about how dinosaurs raised their tiny titans! This exhibit features dinosaur eggs and babies!

On display in our Changing Exhibits Gallery, this remarkable hands-on exhibit offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe – including those of each of the major plant and meat-eating dinosaur groups.

Cute babies and fun Dino facts will keep everyone entertained on your next trip to the Museum!

A central feature of the exhibit is a presentation about the discovery of Baby Louie, the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position.  Charlie Magovern made this exceptional and rare discovery in 1993 when he was carefully cleaning a large block of eggs from China.  He nicknamed the embryo after National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos.  It was not until 2017 that this remarkable find was officially published.  Tiny Titans has included these new revelations as well as other new scientific discoveries to fill in the gaps of what is known of dinosaur family life.

“Baby Louie” Embryo Model by Brian Cooley

This model by paleo-sculptor Brian Cooley was commissioned by National Geographic for the cover of the May 1996 issue. It is based on preliminary scientific interpretations of the fossil hatchling Baby Louie.   This model depicts the fossil as an embryo of a therizinosaur dinosaur.  More recently, paleontologists studying the fossil have discovered that its beak-like lower jaw lacked teeth.   This new evidence confirms that Baby Louie represents a new species of giant oviraptor.

Although dinosaur eggs were first identified in the 1920s , their scientific significance was not fully appreciated until the end of the 20th century. Today, dinosaur eggs are recognized for their enormous scientific value and for offering fascinating details and fresh insights into the behavior, growth and evolution of dinosaurs.

Tiny Titans was developed by Charlie and Florence Magovern of The Stone Company, Boulder, Colorado in association with the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The Magoverns gained national recognition when their work was featured as the cover story in the May 1996 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Tiny Titans is now promoted by Silver Plume Exhibitions, an exhibit design and management company founded by Charlie and Florence’s daughter, Alanna and her husband, Nicholas Regester.


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