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Sue Bush
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Once-In-80-Million-Years Event

12:00AM / Thursday, January 04, 2007

Pittsfield – The Berkshire Museum in downtown Pittsfield will celebrate the opening of the special exhibition Savage Ancient Seas with “A Party 80 Million Years in the Making” on Fri. Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..

The party will premier the exhibition of the giant carnivorous reptiles and other creatures that lived in the oceans during the Cretaceous period.

The event will include dancing to a d.j., light refreshments, and complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks. Advance tickets are $22 for adults, $6 for children ages 3-18 ($10/$3 for members). Tickets at the door will be $35 ($20 for adult members, $6 for child members). For reservations, call 413-443-7171, extension 10.

Snacks include “dinosaur bites” (chicken nuggets), crudite, and “sushi” made from crispy rice/marshmallow treats.

Savage Ancient Seas presents the many gigantic forms of life that populated the prehistoric waters at the same time dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The exhibition explores the undersea world of the late Cretaceous Period, filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles with double-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, and more.

With voracious appetites, incredible teeth, and gaping jaws, these creatures are unlike anything known in today's world. Highlights include an Elasmosaur with a 30-foot long neck, the toothy scowl of a giant carnivorous fish (Xiphactinus), and the jaws of a Megalodon, or giant shark, along with other skeletons, fossils, and life replicas.

The exhibition is organized by Triebold Paleontology. Savage Ancient Seas is sponsored by TD Banknorth

The Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South Street on Route 7 in Downtown Pittsfield. The galleries are open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Berkshire Museum at (413) 443-7171, ext. 10, or visit berkshiremuseum.org.

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