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On Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m., a fearsome 20-foot replica of
the ancient fish Dunkleosteus will be revealed as it is
literally ripped from its encasement in a representation of the
The replica �Dunk� is just one part of a new, more than
2,800-square-foot exhibit at Rocky River Nature Center, with a
budget of $45,000 that was entirely conceived, designed and
constructed by in-house staff.
The new exhibit in Rocky River Nature Center interprets the
dynamics of the Rocky River Valley, from pre-historic to present
day. The exhibit examines the river, the plants and animals
that utilize the river, pond life (including a beaver dam and
lodge), the geology of the area (including a shale wall where
children can search for model fossils), �Dunk,� and the human story
(including American Indians and settlers of the 1830s). There
are five aquariums with live fish and frogs, a live turtle viewing
area, and live snakes within the exhibit area, too. All
animals and plants on exhibit are native to Rocky River "_GoBack">Reservation. All fossil models have been based
on fossils found within the reservation.
Dunkleosteus ruled the Devonian seas nearly 360 million
years ago before the time of the dinosaurs. �Dunk� lived in the
tropical sea that then covered Ohio. �Dunk� fossils of
specimens up to 20 feet in length are frequently found in the shale
cliffs of Rocky River Reservation. But, experts say that �Dunk� may
have been up to 30 feet in length and weighed as much as 4 tons,
similar in size to a modern day killer whale. It is believed
that �Dunk� ate sharks and other marine life with its blade-like
jaws and armored head. A mass extinction at the end of the
Devonian era caused �Dunk� to become extinct.
�Dunk� and the new exhibit will be revealed soon at Rocky River
Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life,
EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media are
invited on Thursday, October 4 at 2 p.m. to watch an unveiling of
the �Dunk� replica by a group of children recruited from Cleveland
Metroparks Kids Club.
Rocky River Nature Center is located at 24000 Valley Parkway in
Rocky River Reservation in North Olmsted.