Unraveling the Enigma of Therizinosaurs at Tiny Titans!

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies, open until May 30, 2022, at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, is an interactive exhibition that offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all across the globe, in addition to great hands-on play experiences!

Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dinosaur facts will keep the whole family playing and learning. The exhibit is divided into four sections based on the different families of dinosaurs: CeratopsiansSauropodsTheropods and Ornithopods, with some special featured dinosaurs within the exhibits, as well. Each space provides visitors with a bevy of interesting information and activities about that particular type of dinosaur.

What are Therizinosaurs?

One of the features in the Theropod section is called The Enigma and focuses on Therizinosaurs, a subgroup of Theropods that likely ate plants and didn’t quite fit the mold of a typical Theropod. They had big bellies and short legs, probably walking on their hind legs, with huge claws on their forelimbs that earned them the nickname of the “Edward Scissorhands Dinosaur.” However, the claws were not sharp and were probably used in foraging and grasping plant material.

• Therizinosaurs were generally large, waddling creatures that laid relatively tiny eggs.

• They could reach sizes well over 1 ton.

• Their eggs could fit in the palm of your hand.

What do kids learn about Therizinosaurs?

• Learn about how their tiny, leaf-shaped teeth compared to other primitive dinosaurs.

• Learn how paleo-technician Terry Manning used acid to remove the outer layer of a fossilized egg shell.

• Find out why this dinosaur is so puzzling to paleontologists.

MORE DINO INFO: Find out more about the Ceratopsians here.

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies is a traveling exhibit series created by Silver Plume Exhibitions and featuring artwork from Luis V. Rey and Mark Hallet, as well as stunning photography by Louie Pshioyos. The exhibit is generously sponsored locally by the Topeka Lodging Association and Visit Topeka, Inc. Tiny Titans will be on display at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center from February 24 to May 30, 2022, and is included in regular admission.

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