Monday, July 21, 2014 - 15:47

Fifty school children were the first to meet a life-sized Tyrannosaurus rex at the Eden Project this morning (Monday July 21).

The children, aged between four and six and from Wendron Primary School near Helston, Cornwall were visiting Eden for the first day of the Dinosaurs Unleashed event, Eden’s biggest-ever summer programme.

The children were among thousands of visitors from around the UK and overseas. Among them were the Enderle family from Aberdeenshire who travelled nearly 700 miles to see the new prehistoric attractions at Eden.

The escaped Tyrannosaurus is making regular appearances around the Eden Project on every day of Dinosaurs Unleashed.

The event is a thrilling journey 67 million years back in time, turning visitors into true explorers as they track down and discover amazing things about the giant beasts that used to rule the planet.

In The Crater of the Tyrant King, they have an amazing close encounter with another giant Tyrannosaurus rex, as it devours its Triceratops prey. This incredibly detailed immersive experience is a sensory feast that visitors will never forget.

The Dig Pit provides adventure of a different kind as families burrow down to discover a fossilised Stegosaurus skeleton and see how palaeontologists first found and pieced together the giants of the past.

In the Dinosaur Exhibition in the Core they can explore why dinosaurs are endlessly fascinating, why scientists think they were so big and delve into some of the theories of how they were wiped out 65 million years ago.

Here, too, they can go nose-to-nose with history by viewing  an amazing collection of dinosaur fossils including real dinosaur eggs, a fossilised brain, a whole skeleton and a real T.rex tooth.