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Weis Museum Announces New Exhibit at UWFox

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Scientists in North Dakota recently announced that they had discovered what appears to be the world’s most intact dinosaur mummy, a 67-million year old specimen that contains fossilized bones, as well as skin tissue, and possibly muscle and organs.  While this is an enormously significant discovery, you don’t have to travel all the way to North Dakota to check out the mummified skin of a duck-billed dinosaur. The Weis Earth Science Museum, on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, has an exquisitely preserved portion of dinosaur arm skin that shows its delicate scales in three dimensions, according to Dr. Joanne Kluessendorf, director and curator of the Weis.

DinosaurWe just recently added this exhibit to our ‘Danger: Dinosaurs’ displays, she said. The exhibit also includes a hand claw of a Tyrannosaurus rex.

The dinosaur specimens are on loan from the collection of Bruce Danz, an Appleton resident. The Weis is Wisconsin’s official mineralogical museum.

Kluessendorf said that, Due to popular demand, the museum is extending the stay of the dinosaur exhibit. While it was originally scheduled to close on December 31, it will now remain to be seen through May 31, 2008.

For more information about the Danger: Dinosaurs exhibit and the mummified dinosaur, contact Kluessendorf at the WESM, 920-832-2925 or email joanne.kluessendorf@uwc.edu,or visit http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/wesm/events.html

The WESM is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 4:00 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Posted 12/13/2007