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Mama Velociraptor Needs Your Help!

The Cincinnati Museum has a bit of a problem. Not long ago the exhibit "Dinosaurs Unearthed" opened there, but what museum officials didn't know was that one of the Velociraptor brought to the museum was brooding a clutch of eggs! The babies hatched and escaped into the city, and the museum is call...

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A pair of Stegosaurus at the Cincinnati Museum. From Flickr user RubyNuby.


The Cincinnati Museum has a bit of a problem. Not long ago the exhibit "Dinosaurs Unearthed" opened there, but what museum officials didn't know was that one of the Velociraptor brought to the museum was brooding a clutch of eggs! The babies hatched and escaped into the city, and the museum is calling on the public to help find the little ones.

Okay, so the background of the contest is fantasy, but for the next nine weeks the museum is going to hide baby Velociraptor around the city. Each week they will post clues to the museum Facebook page, and whoever is kind enough to return the little dinosaurs will receive rewards. One dinosaur a week will be hidden until September 7, 2009, and more details about the dinosaur hunt can be found in a special video created by the museum.
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Brian Switek

Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. He writes regularly for National Geographic's Phenomena blog as Laelaps.

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