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Schedule of Events at the Carnegie

Sunday, July 04, 1999

By Bob Batz Jr., Post-Gazette Staff Writer

To celebrate the centennial of the longest animal ever found, Carnegie Museum of Natural History will hold one long party this week.

First, on Wednesday morning, it will unveil the life-size model of Diplodocus carnegii, which has been erected under scaffolding and tarps on Forbes Avenue.

Then, next weekend, the museum's first and most famous dinosaur will be feted with three days of activities.

Friday

Carnegie Lecture Hall will be the site of a 7 p.m. lecture by dinosaur expert Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. He'll talk about Dippy and other long-of-neck-and-tail types in "Sauropods: Agile Titans, Super Herbivores." Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children (nonmembers; members are $4 less); includes admission to the museum Saturday and Sunday. (Reserve tickets by calling 412-622-3288.)

Saturday

The day is filled with dino-mite activities that are free with museum admission. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can take in these special dinosaur exhibits:

"This Is Your Life, Diplodocus carnegii" -- The history going back to museum founder Andrew Carnegie's interest in dinosaurs and chronicling the search that led to the 1899 discovery of Diplodocus, the expansion (to its present size) of the museum to hold the skeleton and the international celebrity that Dippy enjoyed.

Carcharodontosaurus skull -- Africa's version of Tyrannosaurus rex, was possibly the world's largest and scariest animal in its day -- 90 million years ago. This exhibit, a first for this region, includes a 6-foot skull and a flesh model of the toothsome head, and compares its brain case with that of T. rex. The exhibit also describes Sereno's expedition to Morocco that led to its discovery.

Herrerasaurus -- Also exhibited here for the first time, this carnivore is a very primitive dinosaur, about 230 million years old, and sized at 10 to 20 feet long and 400 pounds.

Dinosaur Pathology -- Dinosaurs had more to worry about than being eaten by other dinosaurs, as evidenced by this rare exhibit of bones with gout, arthritis and cancer.

Other activities include:

10:15 a.m. to noon -- Symposium, Carnegie Museum of Art (CMA) Theater, with Dr. Brent Breithaupt of the University of Wyoming talking about the "History of Dinosaur Collecting in Wyoming" and Dr. Sereno on "Africa's Answer to T. rex."

11 a.m. -- Story time, Botany Hall, presented by Carnegie Library staff.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Cookout, Sculpture Court Circle Drive.

12:30 to 2:15 p.m. -- Symposium, CMA Theater, with artist Michael Skrepnick on "Bringing Dinosaurs to Life" and Royal Casting International's Peter Maye on "The Making of Carnegie's Dippy."

(Some speakers will sign autographs from 2:30 to 4 p.m.)

12:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for young children in the Lecture Hall.

1 p.m. -- Story time, Botany Hall.

1:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for young children, Lecture Hall.

2:30 p.m. -- "The Lost World" movie (1925), CMA Theater.

2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for upper elementary children, Lecture Hall.

3 p.m. -- Story time, Botany Hall.

Other fun includes a museum-wide scavenger hunt, outdoor games like "Stones in the Stomach," and sluice-panning for fossils (for a small fee). There'll be a light show in Dinosaur Hall at the bottom of each hour -- even dinosaur vendors in the Hall of Architecture (we're not sure if this means you can buy a pet Diplodocus).

Next Sunday

All the vendors, light shows, games and other dino mania continue from 1 to 5 p.m. The schedule:

1:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for young children, Lecture Hall.

2 p.m. -- "The Lost World," CMA Theater.

2:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for young children, Lecture Hall.

3:30 p.m. -- Science on Stage for upper elementary children, Lecture Hall.


For more information, call 412-622-3131 or visit the Web site at www.clpgh.org/cmnh. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, $4 for children ages 3-18 and full-time students with ID, and free to children under 3 and Carnegie members.



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