CULTURE

Roaring dinos in Maroussi

Did you know that the Edmontosaurus, which lived 70 to 65 million years ago, was a solid runner that relied heavily on its flattened hoofs and whose daily diet consisted of 100 kilos of plants or 1,000 tomatoes? This was considerably less than the 450 kilos of plants — approximately 3,000 apples —  required for the day-to-day well-being of the Brachiosaurus.

The culinary habits of an extinct yet perennially fascinating world is one aspect of ?Dinosaurs,? a high-tech animatronics exhibition mounted by London?s National History Museum. The traveling show, which has already drawn some 150,000 visitors to The Mall Athens in Maroussi, led organizers to extend its display to April 26.

Visitors entering the exhibition are greeted by the life-sized roaring head of the Tyrannosaurus, aka T. rex — which incidentally required 75 kilos of meat or about 1,500 sausages, for his daily nutrition — as well as fellow carnivores the Oviraptor and the Velociraptor.

Besides the energy of the robotic dinos, young and old may also admire the work of paleontologists — scientists who spend years putting together fossilized evidence from the past.

Furthermore, paleontologists? tools are available through interactive activity at The Mall, with visitors carrying out their own digital fossil digs, while taking a closer look at dinosaur claws, teeth and bones.

Friendly staff on hand to answer questions and help younger visitors with interactive games is a plus.

The Mall Athens, 4th Floor. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets: Mondays to Fridays 9 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., 5 euros general admission; Mondays to Fridays 1.30 p.m. to 9 p.m., 9 euros for adults and 7 euros for children; weekends and bank holidays 9 euros for adults and 7 euros for children. Special offers for three-member families at 19 euros; four-member families at 24 euros with each additional ticket costing 5 euros. For more information, call 210.947.2029 or visit www.themallathens.gr. To April 26.