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T. Rex Takes a Bite Out of Syracuse

The Oncenter Complex will be the home for a prestigious collection of

fossils including skeletons, skulls, claws and eggs from the Museum Institute of New York, a traveling exhibition firm. The display will be in the John H. Mulroy Civic Center at Oncenter. The exhibit will be open to the

public on Aug. 20 from 10a.m. to 5p.m., scheduled tours are also available free of charge(through December) by calling 435-8000.

Drawn from the world's foremost fossil collections, this treasury of laboratory fossil casts known as MESOZOICA: the Age of Dinosaurs, brings together into one exhibition some of the most exciting discoveries in the history of paleontology from over a century of worldwide excavation.

These exhibits have had celebrated showings to millions of people at the World Trade Centers in Boston, San Juan, and Taichung, The Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, the Dinosaur Discovery Center at Colorado National Monument and the Texas Museum of Natural History in Austin. These specimens, rarely seen outside of their respective museums, are on view together exclusively in MESOZOICA at the Oncenter.

"Being greeted by an enormous T. Rex skull brings both children and adults back in time- together," says Alberto Acosta, Curator of the International Museum Institute of New York. He has, "watched faces light up across the country" as they take in this unique display.

The International Museum Institute of New York, with community involvement and partnership, endeavors to create a new museum venue in Syracuse that would incorporate over 400 museum quality displays to serve as tourist product and perennial education material for the local school districts.

The exhibition firm has a rich inventory of important laboratory fossil cast displays including LUCY: The Story of Human Origins, in addition to reproductions of Egyptian, Greek and African treasures and TUTANKHAMUN "Wonderful Things" From The Pharaoh's Tomb, a national traveling exhibition of commissioned reproductions of King Tut's treasures.

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