The University Record, December 5, 1995

Dinosaur Day is Saturday! Anchiceratops makes debut

The first horned dinosaur on display in the state of Michigan makes its initial appearance at the Exhibit Museum on "Dinosaur Day," Saturday (Dec. 9)---a special day also featuring guided tours of the Museum's Hall of Evolution.

Commonly known as a horned dinosaur and resembling a modern-day rhinoceros, the Anchiceratops' skull and mandible are about five feet long, three feet tall and two feet wide. In its day of ranging North America's northern tier, about 70 million years ago, the Anchiceratops was 15-16 feet long. A ceratopsian dinosaur related to Triceratops and Pentaceratops, its name, Anchiceratops, means "close-horned face."

A cast of the skeleton of this vegetarian, certainly strong enough and able to take care of itself, joins other dinosaurs in the Museum's collection of partial and complete skeletons with such names as Ankylosaurus, Deinonychus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Coelophysis, Allosaurus, Stegosaurus, Stegoceras, Diplodocus and Edmontosaurus.

"Dinosaur Day" will feature 25-minute guided tours of the Hall of Evolution 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The tour cost is $2 per person.

The Museum's planetarium show, "Tle'ehoonaa'ei: The One Who Governs the Night" (a collection of Native American stories combined with astronomy of the fall sky), will begin at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. "Galaxies," a feature show that looks at galaxies in their many forms, will begin at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. The cost for each planetarium show is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors and children age 12 and under.