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Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur

Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur


ACCAD created computer animation and interactive touchscreen media for the exhibit Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur at The Burpee Museum of Natural History.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Graduate Students - Animation and Interactive Media Production:
Tyler Ayres, Design
Sucheta Bhatawadekar, Design
Shana Burns, Design
Sean Chang, Computer Science
Cara Christeson, Design
Danny Guinn, Design
Fran Kalal, Design
Keith Kelley, Design
Min Lee, Art
Katie Lynch, Art
Jenny Macy, Design
Chris Oatley, Design
Jeff Ostergaard, Design
Brent Zorich, Design

ACCAD Animation and Interactive Media:
Matthew Lewis, Technical Director
Maria Palazzi, Director of Animation 

Engine Studios:
Doug Connell
Kevin Cronin

Burpee staff:
Barbara Ceiga, Exhibit Designer
Mike Henderson, Curator of Earth Sciences
Molly Holman, Manager of Exhibits
Scott Williams, Director of Exhibits and Science

Project Description

In the Summer of 2001, The Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL discovered Jane, a juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, in the Badlands of southeastern Montana. Jane is the most complete juvenile T.rex ever found. Jane lived and died 66 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. It's unprecedented for such a small museum to discover, restore and own a dinosaur of this magnitude.


Dinosaurs and River


Starting in January 2005, The Burpee Museum, The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) at The Ohio State University, and Engine Studios, Rockford IL, collaborated on an IMLS funded project for Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur. ACCAD contributed computer animation and interactive touchscreen media for the permanent exhibit which opened June 29, 2005 at the Museum.

This project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Completed in 2009.

Dinosaur and river
Dinosaurs in conflict