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Pittsburgh: It's Where The Dinosaurs Roam

• A world-famous dinosaur exhibit, housed in a museum so old it's something of a dinosaur itself, is getting a monstrous new home.

When the work is complete, Jurassic and other dinosaur skeletons at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will tower, crouch or menace in settings like those in which they actually lived millions of years ago.

Dinosaurs at a Pittsburgh museum are being taken apart bone by bone. (Keith Srakocic -- AP)

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The museum has the third- largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, but lacks the space to show them properly. Its Dinosaur Hall displays 15 skeletons -- including the first T. rex ever found -- in space originally built for one. The expansion will triple the exhibit area, allowing the dinosaurs to be shown in natural, active poses.

Some of the skeletons are being taken apart bone by bone, as the public watches. They will be reassembled to reflect current knowledge of how dinosaurs looked and lived. For instance, scientists now believe that sauropods didn't drag their tails through the swamps.

The museum will remain open during construction, giving visitors a rare chance to see dinosaur skeletons being taken apart and put back together. The new exhibit, Dinosaurs in Their World, will open in 2007, the building's 100th anniversary.

To read more, visit www.carnegiemnh.org.

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