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Hi-tech and Low-tech Dinosaurs

Hi-tech Dinosaurs

There is an expensive hi-tech dinosaur show using hi-tech methods to create life-like dinosaurs.  The show is called Walking with the Dinosaurs:

Each large dinosaur contains: (based upon the construction of a Torosaur)

• 433 feet of hydraulic hose
 971 feet of fabric
 433 feet of foam
 53 gallons of paint
 7 kilowatts of power from 12 truck batteries
 1094 yards of cabling in each body
 24 microprocessors control movement along with 15 hydraulic rams and 6 hydraulic motors each

A Low-Tech Alternative

Tyrannosaurus rex

Alternatively, you can visit Dinosaur Land in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for just $5  ($4 if under 11 years old).  The dinosaurs may not move or make noises like their hi-tech counterparts, but my experience is that kids have a great time anyway.  Fortunately, kids have very good imaginations.

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