T. rex Week 2021 Virtual Events


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Can’t come by in July? No problem! We have a variety of virtual events celebrating T. rex, too.

Lunchtime Virtual Lecture with Dr. Heinrich Mallison 
From Concept to Completion, Victoria on Display
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – 12:00 PM
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Discovered in September 2019, Victoria is the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton touring the world. The all-new, state-of-the-art exhibition transports guests 66-million-years back in time to Victoria’s home, the Cretaceous period.
Join one of the exhibit creators, paleontologist Dr. Heinrich Mallison, for a lunchtime learning session on the science and labor of reconstructing Victoria, what’s so special about her, and the reasoning behind the exhibit design. Learn about what is included, what is excluded and why.

Members Only!
Virtual 2nd Saturday: Paleontology

Members, look out for your downloadable dinosaur activity packet in your inbox and join us for a 2nd Saturday focused on dinosaurs!

Not a member? Join during T. rex Week using the code ROAR15 for 15% off any level of membership.

Accessibility Specific Option:
About Let’s Write About: Dinosaurs!
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Dragon gets a letter from his friend Victoria, a T. rex who is on tour at the Houston Museum of Natural Science! We travel there with Dragon to visit her and along the way learn all about dinosaurs and prehistoric reptiles. Our friends at the museum, Matti and Kelsey, lead us through a descriptive tour of different dino-related artifacts, show us how paleontologists identify and classify different prehistoric creatures, and teach us how to really walk like a T. rex. Back in New York, we write about and design our own dinosaurs (and prehistoric reptiles!) with Donnie!
Let’s Write About is an inclusive, born-accessible children’s educational show exploring social-emotional themes through creative writing and inspiring inquiry-based learning with movement and sensory activities kids of all abilities can do at home. A fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Accessible Festivals, the show carries on their sponsor’s mission by creating quality, accessible educational television. Watch and learn more here and on YouTube.

On Demand
Dig into T. rex Week on your schedule!

Virtual Family Movie Night
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Bring the adventure of the museum home with this fun, interactive family movie night. Perfect for a night in, a game night, slumber parties and birthdays, HMNS is just a click away! Our classic Virtual Family Movie Night is being updated in honor of T. rex week.

From now through Labor Day, celebrate T. rex with a Jurassic Park (1993) movie night adventure box. Each box includes the classic Family Movie Night items,but with a Jurassic Park flair!

If you have already purchased an adventure box in classic Virtual Family Movie Night the past and want to be sure you get a different design on your shirt, email overnights@hmns.org.

Terrestrial Life Debuts
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Catastrophic die-offs at the end of the Permian Period (250 million years ago) exterminated most of the dominant life forms–but the empty niches welcomed new clans of dynamic creatures. By 200 million years ago, crocodile descendants–the first dinosaurs–were expanding their influence.

Dinosaurs of the Triassic and Jurassic
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Although the first dinosaurs appeared in the Triassic Period, they were by no means a dominant part of the ecology until the very end. We will first examine the time when croc-oids ruled the dinosaurs. An extinction event marks the beginning of the Jurassic Period, and ushers in the “Golden Age of Giants,” the time of 100-foot-long Diplodocus and Stegosaurus who were skilled swordsmen.

Effect of Plate Tectonics on Life on Earth
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Although most people have heard of it, they may not see how the “Theory of Plate Tectonics” has dramatically affected and in some cases coaxed the path of evolution for life on Earth. During this pre-recorded presentation, the museum will come alive as James Edward Washington III tells the story of Earth!

Dinosaurs of the Cretaceous
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There are more dinosaur species known from the Cretaceous Period than the Triassic and Jurassic combined. Learn how our Triceratops specimen with mummified skin has helped science prove new information about these three-horned tanks. Discover how all three of our Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons tell a different story that helps piece together what life was like in the Cretaceous.

Life and Death by Impact: Drilling for Clues in the Chicxulub Impact Crater
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Sixty-six million years ago, a 7 mile wide asteroid hit the Earth on the Yucatan Peninsula. This catastrophic event created the 200 km wide Chicxulub impact crater, caused 75% of species including non-avian dinosaurs to go extinct, and marked the end of the Mesozoic Era.

Join Dr. Sean Gulick, a Research Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, for a talk on the integration of geophysical and geological observations of impact craters and continental margins. Dr. Gulick was one of the Co-Chief scientists on an expedition of diverse researchers that drilled offshore into the Chicxulub crater, the site of one of the world’s most famous catastrophes.

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