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September 24, 2006|By [LORI SEARS]

`Bizarre Beasts' exhibit

Visit the National Geographic Museum in Washington and you may wonder whether you've stepped onto the set of the next Jurassic Park film. In addition to dinosaurs staring you down, you'll be confronted by numerous representations of odd and unusual creatures that once lived on Earth.

The new interactive exhibit Bizarre Beasts, Past and Present showcases models of invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds and enormous mammals.

Created by sculptor Gary Staab, the exhibit also explores the evolution of these creatures and how they were able to adapt over time to varying environments. Visitors will be able to make rubbings of fossil impressions, try a dinosaur bone puzzle and watch an educational video.

The exhibit runs through Feb. 4 at the National Geographic Museum at Explorers Hall, 1145 17th St. N.W., Washington. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Free admission. 202-857-7588 or

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