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Boynton Middle School students Josh Krook, Mark Kreamer, Emily Poltrack, Amity Camp and Christine Couture pose, without fear, with the monster.

The Peterborough Transcript - Thursday, December 10, 1992

Beware, the Boynton beast

Boynton Middle School seems to have turned into a corner of "Jurassic Park," the modern dinosaur zoo described in a best-selling novel.

An Ichthyosaurus, Protoceratops, and Hypsilophodons run and swim down outside Debi Richardson's sixth grade science classroom.

A cut-out of a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex just fits into the school entrance hall.

Most are painted plain green, but others have polka dots or stripes. The dinosaurs probably were green to blend into the vegetation, the students surmised, but their skins might have been covered with patterns. No one knows.

Cut-outs, made by Richardson's students, are part of a unit on the four ages of the earth showing how life on earth has changed through the eons.

Using a kit from of Dinosaur Discovery, the young paleontologists from two classes scattered cardboard cut-outs of the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex on an eroded bank near the school. Others were sent on a fossil hunt.

Thirty-six "fossil" vertebrae, ribs, leg bones and skull parts were put together like a jigsaw puzzle. Then, keeping in mind the skin and muscle, students traced the outline of the animal on paper.

But Tyrannosaurus rex was only 11 feet long. To give students an idea of his real size, each "fossil" was enlarged four times on graph paper.

Using mural paper spread out on the cafeteria floor, the students were able to draw the outline of a Tyrannosaurus rex close to its actual 44-foot length from tail to six-foot long head.

The great, green beast now hangs in the school entrance, its body so large it wraps around three of the four walls welcoming—or warning—all to a smaller version of "Jurassic Park".


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