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"New Improved" Monash Science Centre



Great news if you live in Melbourne, Victoria (ie. the cold end of
Australia). You'll notice that Genyornis is misspelled in the article,
which is a moot point, since the picture refered to is obviously of a
reconstructed Megalania skull. Unless there are Pleistocene flightless
birds that I don't know of that had large, recurved serrated teeth...

I'm guessing there'll be plenty of mounted casts of "Great Russian
Dinosaurs" there as well, since the taking of casts was apparently one
of the conditions for the Monash Science Centre helping to get the
Russian Dinosaur travelling exhibit off the ground (as opposed to out of
it?).

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"Doors open to dinosaur era"
By MICHELLE POUNTNEY, science reporter
Melbourne Herald-Sun, Wednesday 3 July 2002


JURASSIC junkies can now visit one of Australia's largest collections of
dinosaur remains at the Monash Science Centre, which opened yesterday.

For palaeontologist Professor Patricia Vickers-Rich, the $4.2 million
education centre in Monash University's Clayton campus is the
realisation of a long-held dream and is a departure from the theme park
approach to science museums.

Professor Vickers-Rich, now the centre's director, and her staff have
curated the first exhibition, Wildlife of Gondwana, spanning the past
3.8 billion years.

It includes five original skeletons from the dawn of the dinosaur era.

Alex, 7, came face to face with one of Australia's most spectacular
fossils, genyronus newtoni, at the new science centre.

The centre, which also has a teaching wing, will be open for school
groups and to the general public.

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Dann Pigdon                   Australian Dinosaurs:
GIS / Archaeologist         http://www.geocities.com/dannsdinosaurs
Melbourne, Australia        http://www.alphalink.com.au/~dannj/
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