Tyrannosaurus Rex Roams the World Museum Liverpool

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All photos © Minako Jackson

This is well worth a visit (unless you or your children are easily scared). The Tyrannosaurus Rex at World Museum Liverpool is very fast on his feet and looks and sounds scary. T Rex will be wandering around the museum at various times over the weekend. Today he even braved the icy pavement outside and shocked some pedestrians and motorists. You will see there are plenty of Dinosaur-related items in the Museum shop too.

Visitors can meet Rex the juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex for four days of free prehistoric hysterics 2 – 5 December 2010 at World Museum.

The animated dinosaur has been a sensation in the United States and Australia where it has given thousands of people the opportunity to see a walking, moving T. rex. Now he’s coming to the UK for the first time.

Dinomania! features the T. rex making regular appearances throughout the day between 1300 and 1600 hours on Thursday and Friday 2 and 3 Dec and 11.00 to 16.00 hours on Saturday and Sunday 4 and 5 December 2010.

Tyrannosaurus rex roamed what is now the western USA during the Cretaceous period before disappearing with the rest of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

A fully-grown T. rex was more than 42 feet long, stood 13 ft tall at the shoulder and weighed seven tons. One of the largest known land predators, it could run at about 25 mph. First described in 1905, Tyrannosaurus rex means tyrant lizard king in a mixture of Greek and Latin.

One of the hidden treasures of the World Museum on display is an 80 million-year-old dinosaur egg not seen by the public for decades. It is one of 25 eggs laid by an Oviraptor – a small dinosaur that lived in Mongolia, and can be seen until the end of January 2011.

The nest was discovered by renowned palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews in 1923.

Andrews was a flamboyant explorer and adventurer said to be among those who inspired the Indiana Jones film character played by Harrison Ford.

There are lots of exciting dinosaur events being staged throughout the museum during the four days of Dinomania!

They include face painting, mask and badge making, gallery talks and tours and the chance to handle some real dinosaur bones in the Clore Natural History Centre.

In addition, the following events are at the Treasure House Theatre.

Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2010
1500 hrs: Dino-chat! Informal Q&A session to find out all you ever wanted to know about dinosaurs but were afraid to ask.

Saturday 4 December 2010
1415 hrs: Book signing by palaeontologist. Professor Michael Benton.
1500 hrs: Dino-expert! Professor Michael Benton of Bristol University on The colours of fossil birds and dinosaurs.

Sunday 5 December 2010
1430 hrs: Dino-expert! Professor Richard Moody on Art and our understanding of dinosaurs
Free tickets for events available in advance and on the day from the museum information desk – come early to avoid disappointment.
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