“Messages from the Mesozoic” exhibit open

Last night we had a members’ reception at VMNH to mark the opening of a new temporary exhibit, “Messages from the Mesozoic”. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a mounted cast of Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, on loan from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. A number of specimens from our Wyoming excavations are included in the exhibit, including these Stegosaurus bones:

There are several Triassic-themed displays, since pretty much the only fossiliferous Mesozoic rocks in Virginia are from the newark Supergroup. Several bones from Agnosphitys are displayed, as well as this life-size model phytosaur:

We also have several theropod tracks from the Triassic deposits in the Culpeper basin in north-central Virginia:

The public opening of “Messages” will be during Dino Day tomorrow, and it runs until September 18, 2010.

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