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‘Tiny Titans’: Traveling exhibit at natural history museum explores dinosaur eggs and babies

“Sauropods Hatching” by artist Luis V. Rey. (Courtesy of Silver Plume Exhibitions)

Dinosaurs continue to capture the imagination of many.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science is opening its latest traveling exhibit, “Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies,” on Saturday, March 14.

The exhibit features fossils from the museum’s own collections as well as illustrations and sculptures created by many well-known forensic artists.

The family-friendly exhibit focuses on a variety of different dinosaurs and their young.

It is ideal for younger children, because there are a variety of interactive learning opportunities including a book nook, a dress-up area and a dinosaur “petting zoo.” The exhibit will run through Oct. 25.

“The exhibit looks at dinosaurs and how they lived,” says Misty Carty, museum educator. “We’re looking at the life through fossils from juveniles and embryos. We’re also using a lot of our permanent collection to tell how New Mexico fits into this story.”

Carty says that on opening day, visitors can learn about the differences between baby and adult dinosaurs. Children can also learn about dinosaur feathers, color a baby Bisti Beast, and create their own baby dinosaur hats, she says.

In fact, for the past couple months the museum has had a naming contest for its animatronic Bisti Beast.

“The name will be unveiled at the event,” she says. “The voting has been happening, and it was narrowed down to seven names. We’ll find out which one made the cut. It’s exciting.”

Those family events run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to the new exhibit, the Dynatheater will debut a new movie titled “Dinosaurs of Antarctica” when “Tiny Titans” opens on March 14.

The movie, from Giant Screen Films, focuses on prehistoric creatures thought to have inhabited Antarctic forests and swamps hundreds of millions of years ago.

“Dinosaurs of Antarctica,” illustrates the changing environment and how melting Antarctic ice is revealing new dinosaur fossils.

“It’s exciting to see the museum get behind events like this and make it accessible to the community,” she says. “One of my focuses is early childhood development. This exhibit brings two great topics together – babies and dinosaurs. All of the components will be in the exhibit, so the public can come to the museum to enjoy.”

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