2007-08-03 / Community

American Museum Of Natural History Visits Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg

Diamond Daniel, 6, listens as Russell Taragan of the AMNH explains an exhibit to her. Diamond Daniel, 6, listens as Russell Taragan of the AMNH explains an exhibit to her. Residents of all ages got acquainted with some of the earliest animals that walked the earth, when one of four movable museums from The American Museum of Natural History made a stop in Far Rockaway last week.

As described on the AMNH website, visitors to the Paleontology Bus are "transported across the Gobi Desert …and attempt to reconstruct the lives of dinosaurs based on skeletal and environmental clues."

Included in the exhibits were

Tyrannosaurus Rex bones and interactive displays that allow visitors to test their knowledge of dinosaurs. Another highlight was a replica of one of the oldest dinosaurs, which existed over 80 million years ago, that was found during a dig in Mongolia.

The visit by the AMNH was arranged as part of the annual community fair in Far Rockaway on July 28, which was sponsored by The Rockaway/Inwood Ministerial Coalition and The First Church of God.

Two women look at the Cenozoic Era exhibit. The era runs from 65 million years ago to the present. Two women look at the Cenozoic Era exhibit. The era runs from 65 million years ago to the present. Christiana Sosa and Queenesha Scott discuss dinosaurs with Joanne Gammans of the American Museum of Natural History. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Christiana Sosa and Queenesha Scott discuss dinosaurs with Joanne Gammans of the American Museum of Natural History. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. A mother checks out the exhibits on the wall as her daughter eyes a Troödon nest on the table. A mother checks out the exhibits on the wall as her daughter eyes a Troödon nest on the table. This little girl is just one of many who toured the AMNH bus last Saturday. This little girl is just one of many who toured the AMNH bus last Saturday. Joining this big guy, along one wall of the bus, are tools used on archeological digs and interactive questions visitors can use to test their dinosaur knowledge. Joining this big guy, along one wall of the bus, are tools used on archeological digs and interactive questions visitors can use to test their dinosaur knowledge.

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