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This display at the West Georgia Museum of Tallapoosa
depicts a hadrosaur, a duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur believed to have lived in Georgia around 70 million
years ago.

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June 2019

Visitors to this Atlanta museum, named one of the best places in the
country to see dinosaurs by USA Today, get their first glimpse of dinosaurs
before they go inside. Three life-size statues of the Lophorhothon atopus, a
hadrosaur, await them at the main entrance.
"It's neat because you see them right where they would have been
walking around," says Jessica Shock, the museum's public relations and
promotions manager. In 2009, Fernbank patrons named the trio, dubbing
the mom "Georgia" and the babies "Haddie" and "Ferny."
Inside, the Giants of the Mesozoic exhibit features replicas of some of
the largest dinosaurs, including the world's first fully mounted Argentinosaurus, the largest known land animal at 100 tons and 123 feet long. There
also is a 47-foot-long Giganotosaurus, the largest known meat-eating dinosaur, as well as two species of flying dinosaurs and fossil casts of dinosaur
tracks on display. Lifelike dinosaurs stand guard in the A Walk Through
Time in Georgia gallery, which outlines the state's natural history, and a
life-size Stegosaurus statue stands on the outdoor terrace.
On Aug. 17, Fernbank will celebrate the 18th anniversary of Giants of
the Mesozoic with the Dinosaur Birthday Bash. Children can come in their

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Millions of years ago, giant reptiles
stomped, swam and swooped through
Georgia. But even though the dinosaur
era is long past, dino fans can still get
their fossil fix at several places statewide.

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By Rosalyn Dunn

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Take your future
paleontologist back to the
prehistoric era with
these exhibits



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