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The Smithsonian’s new fossil hall
Attention, dinosaur lovers, said Fritz Hahn in WashingtonPost.com. The National Museum of Natural History has reopened its reimagined fossil hall, and at its heart stands one of the largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever unearthed: a 38-foot-long fossil posed as though it’s about to take a bite out of a fallen triceratops. “But there’s much more here than one awe-inspiring dinosaur.” A five-year renovation has restored the once drab hall of bones to its Beaux-Arts glory, and the exhibitions are now far more educational and interactive. The main attractions—the T. rex, a woolly mammoth, and a diplodocus—occupy a soaring central space, while side galleries display some of the Smithsonian’s oldest fossils, “from forest dwellers to fearsome ocean predators.” Many kid-friendly new exhibits offer fresh insight into the fossil record, including one touchscreen display that demonstrates, “body part by body part,” how avian dinosaurs evolved into birds.