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Wednesday, September 9, 1992 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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`Fake' Dinosaurs Disappoint Visitors

AP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Several visitors to a zoo exhibit called "Dinosaurs Live!" asked for refunds after discovering that dinosaurs ceased to roam the Earth 65 million years ago.

The exhibit at the Memphis Zoo features 21 Dinamation creatures - computerized, mechanical replicas of dinosaurs that move and roar like the real things may have done.

About six people have asked for refunds of their $2.50 admission charge since the exhibit opened May 1, said Ann Ball, a zoo vice president.

Ball said she also has received several telephone calls from people who finally progressed to the realization: "You mean they're not alive?"

"In a way, it's amusing," said Ball. But, she said, "People have watched too much Fred Flintstone."

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