Through Sept. 4, guests at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island can wander into prehistory to find five species of life-sized dinosaurs along the winding paths of the aquarium’s Nature Trail. They move, they roar, and they’re ready to meet you.


Scientists think that hollow nasal passages running through its elongated, bony head crest allowed Parasaurolophus to use its headpiece like a trumpet, creating loud, resonating calls.


The two rows of triangular plates lining Stegosaurus’ back is believed to have help ed Stegosaurus regulate its body temperature, similar to a rabbit’s large ears.


Its enormous skull could reach 10 feet in length and had three sharp horns, a bony neck frill, and a parrot-like beak.


Rows of flat, bony plates and formidable spikes covered its stocky body and head like a suit of armor. Behind it swung a tail bearing a large “club” of bone, which was likely used as a defense against hungry predators.

Tyrannosaurus Rex:

Growing to almost the length of a school bus and standing 15 feet tall, Tyrannosaurus Rex, or T. Rex for short, was one of the largest carnivores to ever walk the Earth. T. Rex’s massive skull weighed around 600 pounds and housed more than 50 banana-sized conical teeth, which evidence suggests were shed periodically throughout its lifetime.

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