Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction Exhibition

Wednesday January 1 2014

Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction Exhibition

Curated by paleontologist Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich, Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction offers a refreshing and in-depth journey into the pre-existence, existence, rise and extinction of dinosaurs. Through a timeline thread, visitors will be transported more than 600 million years back in time to learn the unique story of what came before and after the dinosaurs. Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction will take visitors on a journey from the Precambrian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods. 

Occupying over 3,700 sq m of floor space, the exhibition will feature more than 400 fossils and models, as well as over 50 original artworks. This first-of-its-kind exhibition combining four exhibitions from the renowned American Museum of Natural History, San Juan National Science Museum, SCI! Expo at Monash University and artist Peter Trusler, will open on Jan 25.

The interactive exhibition will also feature some of the oldest dinosaurs fossils ever discovered on the planet as well as little-known species, some never before seen by the public. These are in addition to over 50 original artworks by Peter Trusler that showcase intriguing species being reconstructed. Key fossils on display include a 18m Apatosaurus, a 17.6m Lessemsaurus sauropod specimen, a two billion-year-old rock (Banded Iron Formation), a new fossil of Adeopapposaurs discovered in Argentina three months ago, as well as the tiny animals that ran beneath the feet of these giants.

In addition to the more than 400 fossils and models, the exhibition will feature 50 original artworks by Australian artist Peter Trusler, which, Dr. Vickers-Rich points out, makes the exhibition, “a result of the collaborative efforts of artists and scientists to gain more new insights into the rich and fascinating world of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs: Dawn To Extinction runs from the 25 January to 27 July at the ArtScience Museum