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Hunt the Dinosaur Eggs this Easter Holidays!

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

dinosaurmuseumSome of Dorset’s earliest inhabitants were dinosaurs that roamed the swampy land of prehistoric times. Like their modern-day descendents, birds, dinosaurs reproduced by laying eggs in nests, but on the ground not in trees! Britain’s original Dinosaur Museum has several superb dinosaur eggs on display from other parts of the world.

Throughout the whole of the Easter school holidays the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester is holding the Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt. It is the Easter Egg Hunt with a difference and involves children in actually hunting throughout the museum to spot the dinosaur eggs on display and solving the Dinosaur Mystery. The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt is from Saturday 31st March to Sunday 15th April. Explore Britain’s original award-winning Dinosaur Museum with its exciting mix of actual fossils, skeletons, and life-size dinosaur reconstructions combined with hands on, interactive and cinematic displays, to discover the answers to the clues in the Dinosaur Mystery.

The first fossilized dinosaur eggs were found in France in 1869. Since then dinosaur eggs have been found all over the world. Whole nest sites have been discovered leading to the naming of one area in the USA as Egg Mountain. Unfortunately discoveries of dinosaur eggs in England are much more rare. The largest dinosaur egg in the museum is about the size of a melon and is from a sauropod dinosaur, and was discovered in China. Another type of dinosaur egg is smaller and is from an Oviraptor that originates from Mongolia. Dinosaur nests have been found in groups indicating that dinosaurs exhibited some sort of social behaviour, and it is most likely that some dinosaurs were caring and raised their young.

The Dinosaur Museum is great for families whatever the weather and is open daily from 10am to 5pm. The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt takes place from Saturday 31st March to Sunday 15h April inclusive. Over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend all children who solve the Mystery correctly and spot all the dinosaur eggs win a special prize fun dinosaur, whilst at other times special Dinosaur Hunt Certificates are available.

The Dinosaur Museum is in the centre of Dorchester, the historic county town of Dorset, within easy reach of all main car parks. For further information telephone 01305 269880 or visit the Museum’s website – www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

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