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Asheboro, NC -- Exhibits, books and movies about dinosaurs never get old regardless of age.

Last year, the NC Zoo put a dinosaurs exhibit in a section of the park for eight months and the "terrible lizards" were a huge success. So what do you do when visitors enjoy seeing a dinosaur invasion... you bring them baack!

Starting Friday, March 29, the roaring replicas of a lost era will once again be on display at the NC Zoo just after their winter hibernation. They will be in the specially created winding pathway near the African Pavilion.

During their eight month run from April - March 2012, Zoo officials said nearly 240,000 people toured the exhibit.

Visitors can expect a new cast of creatures for the 2013 Dinosaur experience that promises to be bigger, bolder and better. Among the featured species will be Giganotosaurus, which will take the place of the Tyrannosaurus Rex in the new collection.

NC Zoo provided a list of the creatures you will see in the 2013 exhibit. 

"Giga" is actually believed to have been larger than the T-Rex, with a massive skull more than six feet long. Remains of this "Giant Southern Lizard" helped show scientists that North Africa and South America were joined together much later than previously believed. Found in Argentina, "Giga" lived in the early and late Cretaceous Period 90-100 million years ago (m.y.a.).

Dilophosaurus, the "Double or Two-Crested Lizard. "Dilo" gained fame when it appeared as a much smaller dinosaur in the original Jurassic Park movie. Evidence does not show that it spit poison or had a frill around it's head as in the movie. But from the early Jurassic (180-200 m.y.a.), "Dilo" was the top predator of its time and is one of the few dinosaurs to have been found in what is now modern Arizona.

Acrocanthosaurus: A very large early Cretaceous carnivorous dinosaur (105-115 m.y.a.) whose name means "high spined lizard" with the type species found in Oklahoma.
Amargasaurus: A relatively "new" early cretaceous (127 - 132 m.y.a.) sauropod dinosaur discovered in Argentina in 1991. The "La Amarga Lizard" featured elongated pairs of spines running from the base of the head down to the base of the neck.

Citipati: A late Cretaceous (75 m.y.a.) Oviraptorid dinosaur whose name is from the Sanskrit words meaning "Funeral Pyre Lord" & found in what is now the central plains of Asia. This Emu sized creature had a distinct toothless head crest and proto-feathers.

Edmontonia: One of the last known dinosaurs alive, this heavy tank like creature was similar to Ankylosaurus, but was from a separate family called the Nodosaurs.
Parasaurolophus: With the name of "Near Saurolophus" this massive duck-billed dinosaur had a distinct elongated crest that has been shown function as a resonating chamber, possibly sending low, deep, sub-sonic sounds to herd members miles and miles away.

Triceratops: Easily one of the most well known and recognizable dinosaurs. "Three Horned Face" was a huge frilled dinosaur with three distinct horns on it's face.

And five other species: Coclohysis, Deltadromeus, Parasaurolophus, Quetzalcoatlus and Styracosaurus.

Source: NC Zoo

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