Dinosaurs come to A&S Center in traveling exhibit

Dinosaur Discoveries: Ancient Fossils, New Ideas, a massive traveling exhibit funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and custom-built by New York’s American Museum of Natural History, is on display now through May 13 at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St.

The exhibit spans 1,500 square feet and includes seven interactive stations all about dinosaurs and the world in which they lived.

Since the first dinosaur fossil was identified almost 200 years ago, people have wondered how these fascinating animals lived, moved and behaved. At first, dinosaur hunters used only such tools as a keen eye, shovels and compasses. Today, scientists rely on everything from computer simulation software to scanning electron microscopes.

In this exhibit, modern science has been used to teach something new about the creatures that lived millions of years ago. This exciting exhibit focuses on how dinosaurs lived, maneuvered, defended themselves and how they eventually became extinct.

The exhibit is sponsored by Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co., and Simmons First National Bank.

The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. For more information, contact ASC at 870-536-3375, info@artssciencecenter.org or visit the website at www.ArtsScienceCenter.org.