Jurassic Summer exhibit to go extinct this weekend

Courtesy Giant creatures loom over visitors to the “Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs” exhibit at Tyler Junior College’s Center for Earth & Space Science Education. The exhibit, along with a companion theater show, and an exhibit at Discovery Science Place run through Sunday.

Jurassic Summer, a three-part dinosaur adventure, will wrap up its time in Tyler this weekend.

The dinosaur-themed exhibits and movie will run through Sunday at Tyler Junior College's Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Discovery Science Place.

Combination tickets include entry to the Discovery Science Place and the science center. Cost is $12 for adults and $8 for children with tickets available at either location or online at www.jurassicsummer.com.

The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE), 1411 E. Lake St. on the TJC main campus, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, according to a college news release. It is closed on Mondays. Call 903-510-2312 for more information.

Discovery Science Place, 308 N. Broadway Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 903-533-8011 for more information.

The CESSE features two dinosaur-related programs. The first is "Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World," a 40-foot, domed theater show sponsored by Austin Bank.

Through this show, viewers can experience life underwater with marine reptiles that have been extinct for millions of years, according to the news release.

The science center's also features "Origins: The Dawn of Dinosaurs," an exhibit sponsored by Eubanks Harris Roberts Craig Architects Inc. and Henry & Peters PC.

This exhibit includes life-size dinosaur models, their mammal-like prey, original fossil wood and volcanic ash, according to the news release.

Other featured topics include radiometric dating, evidence of the ancient environment, and clues to the Triassic climate.

At Discovery Science Place, the "Age of the Dinosaur" exhibit features 2,500 square feet of animatronic, prehistoric creatures that move and look similar to their real-life counterparts, according to the news release. Media sponsors are CBS 19 and Suddenlink Communications.

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