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Dinosaurs Alive 3D trailer - through February 7th, 2013



See this 3D movie In our Forum Theater through February 7th, 2013.  Shows daily at 11:00, noon, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm.

See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous in a 3D presentation. Join renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us. Realistic and scientifically-accurate computer generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life…in a big way!  Recommended for children ages 5 and older.

Film access included in General Admission.

Length of Film: 40 minutes 

In association with the American Museum of Natural History 

Distributed by: Giant Screen Films 

Major funding and Support Provided by:  

National Science Foundation •  Museum Film Network •  3D Film Interest Group

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The work, along with Lin's other sculpture at the California Academy of Sciences, Where the Land Meets the Sea, was commissioned by the San Francisco Arts Commission and reflects the Academy's drive to explore, explain and protect the natural world.

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