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Houston museum unveils $85 million dinosaur hall

Houston museum unveils $85 million dinosaur hall with Triceratops skin, T. rex with full hands By The Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) ' The Houston Museum of Natural Science is preparing to unveil an $85 million dinosaur exhibit, already being hailed as one of the best in the country.

The exhibit that opens June 2 includes the only Triceratops skin ever found and a T. rex with three fingers, a rare skeleton some paleontologists believe may be evidence the massive predator had a soft side with digits used for tickling, fondling and even falling in love.

Museum paleontologist Robert Bakker says "The Prehistoric Safari" takes visitors on a journey through evolution, beginning 25 billion years ago.

The Associated Press toured the exhibit before the opening.

Bakker says some artifacts are significant. For example, the Triceratops skin taught scientists these vegetarians had bristles.

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