MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Public Museum at 800 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, will have a grand opening of the most complete Torosaurus skeleton in existence on April 27.
Museum paleontologist Rolf "Wisconsin" Johnson will host five one-hour programs in the museum's auditorium at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 2 and 3 p.m. Each program will include a half-hour presentation by Johnson followed by his half-hour PBS science adventure, "How To Build A Dinosaur." In addition, museum docents will lead guided tours through the Third Planet exhibit at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
The reconstructed Torosaurus, displayed at the entrance to the Third Planet Exhibit, represents a decade of research, teamwork and community assistance, a press release said. The fossil bones of the Torosaurus were discovered during the summer of 1981 on one of the museum's annual "Dig-A-Dinosaur" expeditions.
The Torosaurus, whose name means "bull lizard," was unearthed in the Hell Creek Badlands of northeastern Montana and is particularly significant because it has the world's largest dinosaur skull, the release said. This Torosaurus is also the first one ever found with accompanying bones.
Under the direction of Rolf Johnson, the Torosaurus was recreated at the museum in full view of the public. Johnson and his volunteer assistants fabricated fiberglass bones to replace the pieces that were not found with the Torosaurus.