Dinosaur lovers get their teeth into jaw-dropping Leeds museum exhibition

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YOUNG dino detectives can track down a T. Rex at jaw-dropping Jurassic exhibition that opens today. (June 3)

The Natural History Museum’s Dino Jaws exhibit, which comes complete with 10 huge animatronic dinosaurs, is now open at the New Dock Hall in Leeds.

Youngsters can sink their teeth into a dinosaur trail, take part in dino-themed activities and even examine some prehistoric poo to learn about what dinosaurs ate and how they lived.

The star of the show is a three-quarter life-size Tyrannosaurus Rex, which roars so loudly that the floor shakes and comes complete with bone-crunching sound effects.

The dinosaurs are fresh from their visit to the Hong Kong Science Museum, where they were seen by over 750,000 visitors in just five months.

Maren Krumdieck, touring exhibitions sales manager at the Natural History Museum, said: “The T. Rex is the all time favourite, of course, but my favourite is the life-size dinosaur heads.

“They are half flesh and half bone so you can see how the jaws move. It’s really interesting.

“Visitors will find themselves stepping back in time, and walking into the feeding frenzy of hungry dinosaurs from slow-moving plant-eaters to fierce, agile flesh eaters.

“This spectacular exhibition brings together intriguing fossil evidence, fun hands-on exhibits, scientific insights and the 10 most lifelike and spectacular animatronics you have ever seen.”

James Vincent, managing director at New Dock Hall, said: “The Dino Jaws exhibition is exciting, educational and it’s even a little bit disgusting!

“We expect we might get as many as 100,000 people.

“Over a year in the planning, we hope to delight, amuse and educate families as they get up close and personal with our dinosaurs and their dinner.”

He added: “We are opposite the Royal Armouries museum so families can make a real day out of it.”

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm from June 3 to September 7 at the New Dock Hall, opposite the Royal Armouries at Clarence Dock.

For tickets or for more information, visit: www.dinosaursinleeds.co.uk

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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