The mother hovers over the nest protectively as the hatchlings break their way through the egg shells. The creatures in this maternal scene at the Maryland Science Center are not pretty birds, but large, prehistoric reptiles.
The dinosaurs are back, this time with a nest of six young apatosaurus babies, destined to become the hit of the show, which opens tomorrow and runs through March 3.
Near life-size, the robotic figures are animated by a pneumatic control system, which allows them to move their head and jaws realistically. Raylene Decatur, the center's program director, says scientists at one time believed dinosaurs laid their eggs and then abandoned them. But the 1978 discovery in