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Museum will unveil new Utahraptor mount

The Prehistoric Museum will unveil the newly mounted and repositioned Utahraptor in the museum lobby Friday at 2:30 p.m. This event is free and the public is invited.

Upon Carpenter's arrival as The Prehistoric Museum's director last year, he had many visions for the

museum ranging from minor tweaks to an uprising of the dinosaurs in the sand pit. Among those visions was to display the museum's signature dinosaur, Utahraptor, in a new stance lofting in the lobby to greet guests upon arrival.

The discovery of Utahraptor was a significant find for the museum and the timing couldn't have been more opportune. Just prior to the release of the first "Jurassic Park" movie, museum field crews unearthed the creature that was to give validity to Steven Spielberg's fictional movie monsters.

Carpenter also wanted to ensure that when entering the lobby, there would be no mistake that visitors had indeed arrived at a museum. Utahraptor's presence in the popular killing pose is intended to accomplish this goal.

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