Natural History Museum hatches new exhibit

9:35 am | October 11, 2012

JOHNSON CITY – A rare look at the life of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and embryos is now available at the East Tennessee State University and General Shale Brick Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site.

“Hatching the Past: Dinosaur Eggs, Nests and Young,” a traveling multimedia exhibit, is now on display at the museum, which is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition offers a wide array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, including those of each of the major plant- and meat-eating dinosaur groups.

The collection of real fossils includes an authentic, bowling ball-sized egg of a sauropod from Argentina; a large cluster of eggs laid by a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur; and the longest dinosaur eggs ever discovered – almost 18 inches long – laid by a new giant species of oviraptor, a carnivorous, ostrich-like dinosaur.

A central feature of the exhibit is “Baby Louie,” the nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo with its bones aligned in the proper position.

“Hatching the Past” is sponsored locally by Dex.

General admission to the museum is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12; “Hatching the Past” tickets are $6 for children and $9 for adults. Discounts are available for seniors, veterans, active military and reservists, students, and ETSU faculty and staff. For more information, call toll-free 866-202-6223 or visit

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