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Dinosaurs loom large at Chiba exhibition

An artistic rendition of Ruyangosauruses and their living environment

The Yomiuri ShimbunThe Giga Dinosaur Exhibition 2017 — running July 15 through Sept. 3 at Makuhari Messe in Mihama Ward, Chiba — uncovers the mystery of how dinosaurs came to dominate the earth.

It does so by focusing on the large creatures’ physical shapes, such as their heads and horns, as well as their brains, other inner features and types of behavior.

About 200 items are being exhibited, including precious fossils and skeletons — and even a thrilling dinosaur robot.

The highlight of the exhibition is a 38-meter-long, 14-meter-tall Ruyangosaurus, which will be unveiled for the first time in Japan. Visitors can view the skeleton up close.

Another exhibit being shown for the first time in the country is a well-preserved skeleton of a tyrannosaurus nicknamed Wyrex. The skeleton provides evidence that the animal’s tail was bitten off by another tyrannosaurus while it was still alive — possible proof of dinosaur cannibalism. Patches of Wyrex’s finely textured skin are also on show at the exhibition.Speech

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