Dawn of the Dinosaurs: New Mexico's Triassic
New permanent exhibit to open Spring 2008
Albuquerque - On May 17, 2008, the only Triassic Exhibit Hall in
DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS will let you meet
DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS is a highly interactive, cutting edge exhibit hall of paleontology that features living fossils, a fly-through interactive with a 2-ton slab of Coelophysis fossils, the most complete database of research into Coelophysis, a wall of phytosaur skulls showing the diversity of this dominant late Triassic predator and an interactive sculpture that allows visitors to explore the fossil evidence scientists use to identify evolutionary trends in the Triassic. The underlying theme of the hall is the evolution of species and how at any one time in Earth History species can be placed into one of three categories: a species that is first evolving (originating), a species that is Coelophysis bauri fossil from NMMNHS persisting in a stable environment, or a species that is going extinct. The Museum explores these three components extensively through text panels, interactives and an animation of the concept.
DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS is the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s newest, permanent exhibit and will be housed in a hall dedicated to two of the Founders of the Museum. The Mary Gavin Family Hall is dedicated to the tireless efforts of the Gavins and their successful quest to establish the Museum in the early 1980’s and their continued support of the Museum for the last 22 years. Ed and Mary both served as members of the Museum Foundation Board of Directors and on the Museum Board of Trustees. Mary Gavin is one of two Emeriti members of the Museum Board of Trustees.
DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS opens its doors to the public at 9:00 AM on Friday March 21, 2008 and will be free with regular Museum admission. The Museum is located at
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children ages 3-12. For more information call 505-841-2800 or visit our website at www.NMNaturalHistory.org.