Feeling primeval: Tyrannosaurus exhibits begins

Feeling primeval: Tyrannosaurus exhibits begins

The tyrannosaurus called by its nickname “Jane” at the exhibit (Photograph by Soyo Furugen)

July 13, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo

An exhibit on the tyrannosaurus sponsored by Ryukyu Shimpo and Okinawa Churashima Foundation opened with over 80 rare fossil remains and a 12-meter-tall full skeleton. The exhibit is named, “Tyrannosaurus Exhibit: The mystery of evolution,” and opens at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum in Naha city on July 13. The exhibit is open until September 9.

Ken Kinjo, the assistant director at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum, Yoshihiro Hanashiro, the chairman of the Okinawa Churashima Foundation, and Yasutaka Hanashiro, the president of Ryukyu Shimpo, cut the tape at the opening ceremony held on July 12. The hosting group invited sixty-three preschool children from Uchima Midori Preschool and Nanairo Kids Preschool. The children were excited to see the full body-sized bone structure of the tyrannosaurus.

Five-year-old Hana Sunagawa and Yuto Hirai visited the touch-exhibit where visitors may touch and feel fossil remains and meteoric stones. They had stars in their eyes, commenting, “The meteoric stone was heavy and its color was like chocolate,” and, “The fossil remains were really hard. It was interesting.”

The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, the exhibit closes at 8 p.m. The entrance fee is 1,200 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for college and high school students, 800 yen for elementary and middle school students, and 300 yen for children below the age of elementary school. No charge for children under two. For more details, contact the Prefectural Museum and Art Museum at 098-941-8200.

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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