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Family Dinosaur Exhibition Roars Into New Orleans this weekend!
LifeSize Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Enchanted Fairies Headline at the Alario Events Center
The Dinosauria Experience is a day of fun and family adventure designed to entertain and educate. The show is produced by brother and sister entrepreneurs Roxane and Arnold Duke. The Duke family have been producing outstanding family shows since 1968; beginning with The “Original” Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show.
“I have loved dinosaurs and dragons since I was a kid. And I’m still a kid at heart! I have always wanted to bring my childhood imagination to life.” said Arnold Duke.
Roxane added, “I have four children under the age of eight and have produced a show that includes activities for all of my children, including my 3 year old son, Dominic. At our show most everything is included with the price of admission. There is so much to do and see. Our show is like no other! We even have fun costumed characters to greet and take pictures with your family.”
Dinosauria Experience is America’s newest family participation show. There are educational displays as well as interactive activities that test skills while providing fun, excitement and lots of smiles. There is something to do for everyone. Visit the habitats of distinctive museum-based, animatronic moving, breathing and roaring dinosaurs. See fire breathing dragons straight from the story books and visit the enchanted fairy garden. Dig for genuine fossils, pan for gems…And then…Have fun at our HUGE playground of Inflatable amusements…
So much to do!!! Don’t miss YOUR PreHistoric Journey to The Dinosauria Experience! Another opportunity may be millions of years away!
Dinosauria Experience runs March 7 March 9 at the John A. Alario, Sr. Events Center at the Bayou Segnette Sports Complex.
$20 General Admission
Children under 2 years admitted free of charge
Group discounts and early bird pricing available for select shows. See website for details.
Meet The Stars — Our Featured Dinosaurs
Tyrannosaurus (aka TRex)
One of the largest ever flesh eating land animals, Tyrannosaurus is also the most famous. Tyrannosaurus had a huge skull with powerful jaws lined with 7 inch serrated teeth. Contrary to earlier conceptions of sluggish mobility, Tyrannosaurus is now thought by some to have been capable of bursts of up to 30 mph. In contrast to its massive legs, Tyrannosaurus had relatively short, small arms. Although they seem vestigial and useless, they were powerful enough to lift over 450 pounds.
Found in Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Canada, Triceratops was the largest, heaviest, most common and best known ceratopsian.
Stegosaurus is the only plated dinosaur ever found in western North America. The large triangular plates that ran along its back were probably arranged in a double row, and its tail was armed with four long spikes.
The best known of the armored dinosaurs, Ankylosaurus was the last and largest of the ankylosaurids. Its tough skin was covered with bony plates, and it could swing its formidably clubbed tail to render a predator lame.
Wartlike knobs and five inch spikes fringed the ten inch thick dome of Pachycephalosaurus, a rare dinosaur first discovered in Montana.
Iguanodon is one of the first dinosaurs to be named and described, the other two being Megalosaurus and Hylaeosaurus. It received its name from the fact that it had teeth resembling those of modern Iguana lizards, although much larger.
Discovered in China and Mongolia, this forerunner of the horned dinosaurs was the first dinosaur known through every stage of life. Potato-shaped eggs, found in the 1920’s by Roy Chapman Andrews, were attributed to Protoceratops because of the great abundance of Protoceratops bones throughout the same formation.
Ornithomimus has been discovered in many sites in the western United States and Canada. Ornithomimids closely resembled the modern ostrich. Although its head was small, Ornithomimus possessed a large braincase and is considered to be one of the most intelligent of the dinosaurs.
Apatosaurus (aka Brontosaurus)
Apatosaurus is one of the best known of all dinosaurs but usually by its more popular name “Brontosaurus”. Its 20 foot long neck supported a rather small head and its brain was about the size of a large apple.
Discovered in southern England, Baronyx had a huge curved claw over 12 inches in length on each hand.
The discovery of this dinosaur in Montana in 1964 drastically altered the traditional view of dinosaurs as sluggish, slow moving reptiles. Deinonychus was obviously built for speedy pursuit of its prey. Among other things, it had special interlocking vertebrae that allowed its tail to stiffen for balance while running. Excellent eyesight, sharp, serrated teeth that curve backwards for slicing, and the namesake 5 inch (13 cm) long, knifelike claws on each foot make Deinonychus a fearsome hunter.
Dilophosaurus takes its name from the delicate double crest on its head. This odd appearing crest may have served as a secondary sexual characteristic, differentiating males from females.
Discovered in the western United States, the Diplodocus skeletons are among the longest dinosaur skeletons ever found. Diplodocus’ neck contained 15 bones, and the tail had anywhere from 70 to 90, although a complete tail has never been found.
The first sauropod known to be armored, Saltasaurus was found in Argentina. Its broad back and sides were guarded by small bony studs and several bony plates
Found in Mongolia, China and Russia, Velociraptor was a ferocious predator with the second toe of each foot bearing a formidably large, retractable claw. Velociraptor was similar in appearance to the larger Deinonychus and the much larger Utahraptor. Like Deinonychus and possibly Utahraptor, it may have hunted in packs although Velociraptor and Utahraptor fossils have never been found in groups like Deinonychus. Velociraptor was not as fast as a cheetah, nor as smart as a chimpanzee, as suggested in the movie Jurassic Park.
It was the discovery of a hadrosaur crèche in Montana that provided evidence of nurturing behavior in dinosaurs. Remains of Maiasaura nestlings revealed worn teeth, which suggests that they were fed by their parents until they were able to leave the nest.
Found in Egypt, Spinosaurus may have been the largest of theropods, larger even than Tyrannosaurus. This evaluation is based on the fact that the vertebrae of Spinosaurus were 20% larger than those of Tyrannosaurus.
Corythosaurus had a hollow, helmet-shaped crest atop its long, narrow head. Though its beak-shaped snout had no teeth, its cheeks were lined with batteries of plant grinding teeth. This dinosaur was discovered in Alberta, Canada.
Ceratosaurus was found in western North America. It has horns above and forward of its eyes, resembling those of Allosaurus, but it Ceratosaurus derives its name from its extremely unusual, rather large nose horn. Because Ceratosaurus was a very large predator, it is not likely that the horn was a weapon.
Pterosaurs lived during the Mesozoic Era, the Age of Reptiles. The primitive types of pterosaurs appeared during the Triassic, and died out at the end of the Jurassic period. More advanced pterosaurs appeared late in the Jurassic period and died out during the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago, during the KT extinction.