Dinosaur to invade CherryVale Mall, Burpee to open exhibit Feb. 19
From press release
Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History will unveil Jobaria at CherryVale Mall’s Center Court at a press conference Jan. 13.
Jobaria is a sauropod (long-necked) dinosaur discovered in the Sahara Desert in 1997 by Dr. Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. It was named “Jobar,” a creature of local legends, is 65 feet tall (non-rearing) and probably weighed close to 20 tons. It is likely that, similar to other sauropods, Jobaria would have traveled in small herds or family groups.
Jobaria was found in the Tiouraren Formation, originally thought to represent the Hauterivian to Barremian stages of the early Cretaceous Period, or approximately 136 to 125 million years ago.
The Jobaria is mounted in a rearing position—total height about 35 feet tall.
Jobaria will be at CherryVale through May 15. “Giants: African Dinosaurs” opens Feb. 19 at the Burpee Museum of Natural History and runs through May 15.
Burpee Museum of Natural History is at 737 N. Main St., Rockford. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily, and admission is $7 for adults and children 3-17, and free to children younger than 3 and museum members. Contact the museum at (815) 965-3433 or visit burpee.org.
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