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BYU announces new hours for Earth Science Museum

Visitors to Brigham Young University's Earth Science Museum won't find many ghosts and goblins this Halloween, but they will discover a few skeletons as they examine dinosaur fossils at new hours.

To accommodate family and students of all ages, the free exhibits are now open Monday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m.The museum is located on University Avenue on the corner across the street from Cougar Stadium.

Listed as one of the top five Jurassic dinosaur collections in the world, the museum admits 25,000 visitors a year and is noted as having the best early Cretaceous collection in North America, said Kenneth Stadtman, museum curator.

Two fully mounted Allosaurus and Camptosarus skeletons are on exhibit, along with a 9-foot shoulder blade of an Ultrasaurus, a 150 million-year-old Jurassic dinosaur egg with a CAT scan revealing an embryo, a one-of-a-kind Diceratop and complete skull casts of a Tryannosaurus rex and a Deinosuchus (a 50-foot Cretaceous crocodile).

Exhibits planned for winter include early Cretaceous dinosaurs from Utah and a full skeletal mount of a Stegosaurus.

Visitors can also watch through the large windows of the paleontology laboratory as museum staff members prepare dinosaurs and other fossils for exhibit.