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DINOSAUR DELIVERY LIFE-SIZE ANCIENT CRITTERS COME VISIT.

Byline: Daily News

LANCASTER - Two 48-foot-long tractor-trailers disgorged more than 20 robotic dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals - some life-size - Thursday for the ``Dinosaurs in the Desert'' exhibit opening next week.

The 4,000-square-foot exhibition floor at the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery will be filled with a woolly mammoth, a life-size saber-toothed tiger family, a giant ground sloth being attacked by a saber-toothed tiger, a 34-foot-long apatosaurus and baby, a Tyrannosaurus rex and a maiasaurus with eggs and hatchlings.

Computer-controlled air compressors give movement and sound to the creatures, which were manufactured by Kokoro Dinosaurs in Woodland Hills.

The exhibit will open to the public March 11 and runs through May 7 at the museum, 44801 Sierra Highway. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 1 to 8 p.m. Fridays. The museum is closed Mondays.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children age 3 and older.

School groups on organized tours will be admitted free with reservations between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Almost 14,000 students already have been signed up to see the exhibit.

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(1 -- 2 -- color -- ran in AV edition only) Workers unload a robotic Tyrannosaurus rex Thursday. At left, some tiny robotic dinosaur hatchlings.

(3 -- color -- ran in AV edition only) Tony Deal of Lancaster Moving and Storage Inc. carries the massive tail of a robotic, computerized Tyrannosaurus rex.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer

(4 -- color) Marc Alius of the city of Lancaster Parks and Recreation Department pushes a woolly mammoth into the museum.

Jeff Goldwater/Staff Photographer
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