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Pittsburgh Museum Reinvents Model of Dinosaur Exhibit

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh renovated its dinosaur exhibit to provide a more realistic picture of how dinosaurs lived and interacted with one another more than 100 million years ago.

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    Now, a new look at some very old bones, dinosaur bones. NewsHour correspondent Betty Ann Bowser has our Science Unit report.

    MATT LAMANNA, curator, Carnegie Museum of Natural History: You guys are some of the first people to see this, other than the people that have worked on it.

    BETTY ANN BOWSER, NewsHour correspondent: Matt Lamanna has been in love with dinosaurs since he was 4 years old. At an age when most kids can't say "paleontologist," Lamanna informed his mother that one day he was going to be one.


    They're all dinosaurs. They're all plants. They're all other animals that lived 150 million years ago in what's now Wyoming and Utah.


    When he was just 25, he was part of a team that discovered a giant dinosaur species in Egypt. Now at the age of 32, Lamanna is on the cutting edge of dinosaur restoration.


    My favorite view of the whole exhibit is right here, because nowhere else in the world can you stand between two real dinosaur skeletons of this size and also see this really awesome scene unfolding in front of you.


    He's overseeing the $36 million restoration of the dinosaur collection that belongs to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.

    The new exhibit is drawing worldwide attention because it's the most scientifically accurate depiction of the giant creatures and how they lived that's ever been done.


    You walk into this exhibit, you walk into the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, you'll see plants that look very alien to you. You'll see all kinds of animals that will look extremely bizarre.

    When you see two things exhibited together, whether they're on the mural, on the platforms, real, reconstructed, whatever, they would have actually lived together.

  • CHILD:

    I want to see a real dinosaur, Dad!