Let’s be honest, if you say you don’t like dinosaurs you are probably less than truthful. Everyone from kids to the elderly love dinosaurs … and other prehistoric creatures.
Fortunately, this deep-seeded love will be rewarded this spring when the HYPE Research Center in Dearborn brings the Jurassic Period back to life with replicas of more than 50 dinosaurs that roamed the earth more than 150 million years ago.
The center piece of the Jurassic Journey exhibit is the Burning Tree Mastodon, a 11,600-year-old skeleton. The 14-foot, full-size replica of a mastodon is the third largest found and its skeleton is 95 percent complete … the most to date. Perhaps the most interesting part is the remains of the creature’s intestines contained eight species of live bacteria … the oldest living bacteria ever discovered at about 11,600-years-old. This amazing find was made in Newark, Ohio.
“The objective of Jurassic Journey is to expose young and adult minds to a broader view of science,” says Sherm Byers, discoverer of the Burning Tree Mastodon. “The educational program provides not only uncommon facts about dinosaurs, but also introduces boys and girls to unusual career opportunities, such as, archeology, paleontology, earth science, environment science, microbiology, geology and paleomicrobiology. Our commitment is to help create an awareness of the fun and excitement involved in the exploration of science,”
“The museum quality replicas bring the exhibit to life,” he says.
This discovery also brings up interesting knowledge of our own species as well.
Flint markings on the mastodon’s ribs, presumably made by the Clovis people who are thought to have inhabited the area, show humans existed 9,600 years before previously thought.
Not only that, but those ancient humans had the sophistication to bring down an animal weighing in at about 10,000 pounds. This adds credence to the overkill theory by the now deceased Paul Martin, a geoscientist at the University of Arizona, which states large animals became food and died off instead of running out of it.
“The specimen represents the cutting edge of a new field of science,” says noted paleontologist, Dr. J. Gordon Ogden. He referred to this new field as “paleomicrobiology.”
“There’s nothing that even approaches the research potential of this find,” he says. “There’s a lifetime of research in this one animal. In my view, this is one of the most important finds that have been made…ever.”
This breath-taking link to ours and our planet’s history can be viewed at the HYPE Research Center, 23302 W. Warren Ave. in Dearborn Heights May 2-12 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm weekends.
The Jurassic Journey will cost $6.00 for children ages 4-13 and $12.00 for those 14 and up, but groups of more than 20 may be eligible for group pricing.
For ticket information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (313) 436-0043 ext. 163 or visit http://hypeathletics.org/. You can also follow HYPE at @HYPEAthletics and like them at http://www.facebook.com/hypeathletics.
In case you don’t know about HYPE, it is a charitable non-profit that provides services and events that strengthen the infrastructures of the family through education, social services, athletics and physical fitness. It has served more than 95,000 youth and families through athletic participation, social services and community service since it was founded 12 years ago.