GALLIPOLIS — Bossard Memorial Library traveled back in time last Saturday and welcomed a special fossilized guest — Spiny the Spinosaurus — during a “Spinosaurus Encounter” in the new Riverside Room.
The program was at presented the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh.
“Spiny” is a 10-foot tall and 15-foot long Spinosaurus that interacted with the crowd, including many children who were sitting on the floor in front of the Riverside Room stage. After a 30-minute presentation, “Spiny” made himself available for photos on the main stage.
In addition to seeing “Spiny,” children and adults alike were able to participate in three different dinosaur adventure activities: “How do you stack up?” which offered the opportunity to compare their size to a Diplodocus carnegii; “Fossil Match,” in which attendees determined what original object (leaves, shells, animal parts, etc.) could have left behind an imprint to be fossilized; and “Tooth or Claw … or Something Else?” which asked participants to determine whether a fossil is a tooth, a claw or something else entirely.
There was also a dinosaur craft for children to complete, as well as books pertaining to dinosaurs available for checkout.
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