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Big - aka Giganotosaurus - was bigger and badder than T. Rex. And he's at Milwaukee Public Museum.

7 reasons kids will love MPM's "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit

T. Rex's bigger and badder cousin Giganotosaurus is here and so are some of his friends, until May 15. The new "Ultimate Dinosaurs" exhibit at Milwaukee Public Museum includes 20 dinosaur specimens and 17 castings of full-size skeletons from the Southern Hemisphere.

"This isn't your typical dinosaur exhibit," said MPM President and CEO Dennis Kois in a statement. "Ultimate Dinosaurs features incredible, never-before-seen dinosaurs in their native environments combined with state-of-the-art technology to layer virtual experiences over what you see in front of you. The technology transforms the dinosaurs from intricately detailed skeletons to moving, living animals. It's a powerful example of how augmented reality can bring history and science to life."

Here are some of the features that your kids (and you) will love:

1. T-Rex's bigger and badder cousin ... in the flesh

Giganotosaurus was the largest land predator ever to roam the Earth. Big is definitely here. A series of movable screens throughout the exhibit allows you to see how the dinos looked in the flesh.

2. Video microscope

This viewing station allows visitors to get up-close looks at real fossils.

3. Stampers

Pick up a Junior Paleontologist Challenge card at the entrance to the show and use the stampers located throughout the exhibition to learn more and create a fun little free souvenir.

4. Fossils

The skeletons in the show are castings – for a variety of reasons – and this station explains how scientists make exact copies of original dino bones.

5. Toys!

This diorama features miniature dinosaurs and trees to let little ones create their own dinosaur scenes. You know your kid will be all over that.

6. Pronunciation screens

Where do you put the stress when you say, "Simosuchus"? How about "Nigersaurus"? Wonder no more.

7. Video

Use the consoles to select information on the big screen to learn about a variety of subjects, including the breakup of Pangaea and how dinosaurs adapted to changes in their environment.


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