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The dinosaurs came in two by two

21 April 2006

Ten terrifyingly lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, including a Baryonyx and a vicious pack of Velociraptor, have arrived at the Natural History Museum today.

Oviraptor animatronic model dinosaur appears in the new exhibition Dino Jaws

Oviraptor animatronic model dinosaur appears in the new exhibition Dino Jaws.

The huge ravenous dinosaurs have endured a 23-day sea voyage from Japan. They will be part of the Museum's blockbuster family exhibition, Dino Jaws, opening on 30 June.

Dino Jaws

Dino Jaws will introduce visitors to the fascinating, and sometimes disgusting, subject of dinosaurs and their food. Bringing together intriguing fossil evidence, fun hands-on exhibits, scientific insights and the most realistic animatronics you have ever seen.

'This is our most exciting dinosaur exhibition yet - visitors will come face to face with the most lifelike, technologically advanced moving dinosaurs ever created. I can't wait to meet them,' said Emma Freeman, part of the Museum's exhibition creation team.

Animatronic dinosaurs
Animatronic model, the plant-munching Euoplocephalus, part of Dino Jaws.

Animatronic model, the plant-munching Euoplocephalus , part of Dino Jaws.

Each animatronic will run off compressed air while an internal computer uses the latest animatronic technology to create the most fluid and realistic moving dinosaurs seen since their extinction.

Highlights will include a pack of Velociraptor devouring the carcass of a baby Protoceratops. Visitors will witness the full force of these feathered killers, with their grasping hands, climbing claws and teeth for ripping flesh.

Baryonyx, at nearly nine metres long and with a frightening 96 serrated teeth, will use its huge 30-centimetre-long front claw to try and scoop a fish from the water.

Will the deadly Coelophysis be too frightening for some visitors to Dino Jaws?

Will the deadly Coelophysis be too frightening for some visitors to Dino Jaws?

John Phillips, Senior Mechanical Engineer at the Natural History Museum commented, 'These are the most impressive dinosaurs I've ever had the chance to work with in the 30 years I've been at the Museum. Since we received our first animatronics from Japan in 1991, both science and engineering have progressed to create such lifelike dinosaurs, they can now do almost everything but walk!'

Tickets are on sale from Monday 24 April. Discover more about Dino Jaws

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