Weird science is going on permanent display at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall.
On May 12, "Bizarre Beasts," a new exhibit that explores some of the strangest creatures ever to inhabit the Earth, opens to the public.
Created by renowned artist and Nebraska native Gary Staab of Staab Studios, the exhibit takes visitors on a journey back in time as they come face-to-face with some of Mother Nature's most curious creatures and discover how the environment shaped the freaky features. Interactive and educational displays in the newly renovated gallery showcase cast skeletons and remarkable life-size models of natural oddities, including a pterosaur, a giant reptile with a 15-foot wingspan; Diatryma, a 6-foot-tall flightless bird; and a Helicoprion, a 13-foot shark with a row of teeth that resembles a buzz saw.
The exhibit is made possible with a gift of more than $300,000 to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the museum's longtime benefactor, the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation of Omaha.
"Bizarre Beasts" was previously displayed in leading museums such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, among others.
For more information, go to http://www.museum.unl.edu or call 402-472-2642.
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